Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Passion Flower

Passiflora - There are about nine species of the vine found throughout most of the US.

Spanish Christian missionaries during the 15th and 16th centuries adopted the physical structures of this plant as symbols of the last days of Jesus and particularly his crucifixion.

The blue and white colors of many flowers represent Heaven and Purity.

The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds. (four by nails and one by lance).

The pointed tips of the leaves represent the Holy Lance.

The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.

The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (exlcuding St. Peter and Judas)

The radial filaments of the flower vary from flower to flower and can number more than a hundred represent the crown of thorns.

The chalice-shaped ovary with receptacle represents a hammer of the Holy Grail.

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