Monday, December 12, 2016

The Special Story Behind Violet Sunday

With special attendance from governors, governor-generals and even prime ministers throughout the years, it was for great reason that 'Violet Sunday' became a longstanding tradition.

Special Interest


Once a year on 'Violet Sunday', the parish, prominently children, would gather big bundles of violets and oranges. These gatherings would then be brought to the altar during mass, while the offertory hymn was sung. Following mass, the parish would take these as a gift to patients at local hospitals. From c.1908-1985, this special day of generosity and kindness became a large annual event at St. Luke's, South Melbourne.


Though there were many Violet Sunday's, St. Luke's 29th was especially memorable for its teachings. On this day, the vicar Rev K Hamilton drew upon the story of David and Goliath as testament to the power of youth in having the courage to do good beyond their years. And as 'His Excellency', Governor Lord Huntingfield was welcomed, and the Rev continued, over 200 children placed violets and oranges among the altar, which would then be gifted to patients at local hospitals.


'Violet Sunday' is not only one of the most prized days in the history of St. Luke's, but it's also an important reminder of the very giving and union that we need in our lives. It's incredibly easy to get caught up in our own commitments, so much that we sometimes forget that other people could use our help - even our company. They do come in different colours, but generally, violets are flowers of pure love and affection; said to further signify hope, humility and a certain desire to do good. And so, this special day at St. Luke's was rightly named.

'Celebrating Life, Sharing Hope' each day, St. Luke's Anglican Church is located at 210 Dorcas St, South Melbourne. Visit, find out more or call (03) 9686 8521. And for the latest updates in Youth Group & Youth Outreach programs, you can join the 'Luke's Hill Tribe' Facebook group.