Sunday, 7 September 2008

Petersham Nurseries - 10

Here we have a Passion Flower at the nurseries. The flower reminds us of the Passion of Christ.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries discovered this flower and adopted its unique physical structures as symbols of the Crucifixion. For example: the radial filaments represent the Crown of Thorns. The top 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the lower 5 anthers represent the 5 wounds. Something to think about on 14 September when we celebrate Holy Cross Day.

Tomorrow, I shall be starting a short series on Exeter Cathedral. Happy Sunday!

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