Monday, April 6, 2015

~ The Legend of the Dogwoods ~


Do you know the legend of the dogwood, which flowers around Easter?
"The legend of the dogwood contends that dogwoods grew to reach the size of mighty oaks up until the time of the crucifixion of Christ. The lumber of the dogwood was so strong that it was chosen as the timber for the cross of Jesus. To be used for such a cruel death was an insult to the tree. The Creator declared that the tree to which Jesus was nailed would never again have to be used as a cross. From that time forth, the dogwood has been slender, bent, and twisted, not as a punishment but as a blessing. In sympathy to the suffering of Christ, the dogwood bore white blossoms in the shape of a cross, with two long and two short petals. Each petal bears the print of a rusty nail on the edge. At the center of each flower appears a red crown of thorns. The flowers are symbols of the death of Jesus." --From a Tale of Two Trees, Kirk H. Neely
Dogwoods are in bloom now in East Texas, especially in the Palestine area.

7 comments:

  1. I knew of this legend and being a Catholic it is indeed amazing and beautiful in its message.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  2. I am loving my beautiful dogwoods! Amazing story! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  3. Dogwoods are so beautiful. When I lived in the mountains, we were surrounded by them. Love this special story. xoxo

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  4. Beautiful legend. Dogwoods are blooming here in N. Georgia, too!

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  5. Dogwoods are one of my favorite flowers! I found this so interesting! Thank you for sharing it and the
    beautiful picture!

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