Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Dogwood and the Cross

"Each delicate white or pink blossom of the dogwood has the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. Look closely at a dogwood flower and you will see on the center of the outer edge of each petal there are small holes remindful of nail prints, and the tips of the petals are rusty on one side and brown-red on the other. It is not hard to imagine they represent the spikes that pierced the Hands and Feet of Our Lord on the Cross. And in the center of the flower there is a green cluster that recalls the crown of thorns."

From Elaine M. Jordan at Tradition in Action: The Legend of the Dogwood

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