"The iris, a rival of the lily as the flower of the Virgin, first appears as a religious symbol in the works of the early Flemish masters, where it both accompanies and replaces the lily in pictures of the Virgin. This symbolism stems from the fact that the name 'iris' means 'sword lily' which was taken as allusion to the sorrow of the Virgin at the Passion of Christ."

In this special setting, the iris symbolizes the prophecy of the Virgin Birth of the coming Savior and King.


"Prophecy of the Virgin Birth"