15/52 Legend of the Dogwood


I purposely saved my dogwood photos for today, Easter Sunday.

The legend of the dogwood tree

In Jesus’ time, the dogwood grew 

To a stately size and a lovely hue. 

‘Twas strong and firm, its branches interwoven. 

For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen. 

Seeing the distress at this use of their wood 

Christ made a promise which still holds good: 

“Never again shall the dogwood grow 

Large enough to be used so. 

Slender and twisted, it shall be 

With blossoms like the cross for all to see. 

As blood stains the petals marked in brown, 

The blossom’s center wears a thorny crown. 

All who see it will remember Me 

Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree. 

Cherished and protected, this tree shall be 

A reminder to all of My agony.”

~ Author unknown

A nice poem, but there is no biblical basis to the legend.

Source: gotquestions.org

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Dogwood and Christian lore

Legend has it that the dogwood once grew tall and straight like other trees. The wood from the dogwood was said to have been used to construct the cross Jesus was crucified upon. The dogwood tree was distraught over this particular use and Jesus took pity upon it promising that it would never again be used for crucifixions. Since then, the dogwood tree has grown bent and twisted, unable to reach significant height. The petals of its flowers grew in the shape of the cross, each bearing the reddish mark of a rusty nail. The dogwood, however, has never grown in that part of the world, and the story has roots in the early 20th century.

Source: Theresa Leschmann, a freelance writer for gardenguides.com.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.

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