Happy Easter to all of you! In preparation for my wishes to you this morning, I was reminded of the story of passionflower.
Since medicinal plants are pretty much my life now, I thought this story was perfect for today – please share it will those near and dear to you as we remember and celebrate the reason for Easter.
Passionflower – The Passion of Christ
Passion Flowers have been associated with the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as well as the Passion of Christ. The latter association led the missionaries to name the flowers “Passion Flowers.”
The ten petals and sepals, to the Spanish, represented ten disciples present at the crucifixion. (excluding Judas and Peter)
The three stigma represented three nails that held Christ to the cross.
The five anthers the five wounds of Christ.
The tendrils are said to represent the whips used in the flagellation.
The many fringes represented the crown of thorns in the passion story. Bosio counted 72 fringes or filaments, which according to tradition, writes Vanderplank, is the number of thorns in the crown of thorns.
This powerful symbolism has led to the inclusion of the Passion Flower among the ornamentation of various churches, such as in stained glass window designs, altar frontals and lectern falls.
But the Passion Flower is sacred even outside the Christian world. In India, for example, the flower’s structure is interpreted according to the story of the five Pandava brothers, with the Divine Krishna at the center, opposed by the army of one hundred at the outside edges. The pigment of the blue Passion Flower is said to be associated with the color of Krishna’s aura.
Interpretations vary in literature. A poet of the time explains that this flower was used to persuade Indians of the power of the cross. The passion flower, he writes, was a witness at the crucifixion.
Have a Blessed Easter!