Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Passion Flower

Detail of stained glass window depicting passion flowers in St. Michael's Cathedral.

The passion flower is a particularly apt decoration for this window, dedicated as it is to the Institution of the Eucharist.

The passion flower’s three bracts suggest the Holy Trinity; its corona filaments, the Crown of Thorns; its stigma, the three nails and the column at which Our Lord was scourged. The five blood-coloured stamen symbolize the five wounds; the pointed leaves, St. Longinus’ spear; the round spots on their undersides, the 30 pieces of silver.

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