Flowering the Cross

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Flowering the Cross

Everyone young and old is invited to bring flowers or greenery from your garden at home (or from the florist if your garden is not in bloom yet) and place them on the cross that will be located outside near the door as you come to worship on Easter Sunday. 

Faithful cross, above all other,
     one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
     none in fruit thy peer may be.
Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, 6th century

In spite of its function as a brutal form of execution, the cross stands at the center of our faith as a symbol of life.  Saint Paul speaks of the shame of the cross, while Saint John portrays the cross as the principal sign of the glory of Christ, but both recognize that the cross is the source of life.  There can be no Easter without Good Friday, no Resurrection without the Crucifixion.  Indeed, the cross, rather than the empty tomb, has held the place of honor as the primary symbol of the Christian faith.  Christian art certainly has many examples of the cross as an instrument of suffering and death, but some of the earliest depictions of the cross emphasize its life-giving qualities. The flowering cross is found in Christian art as early as the sixth century and is based on a legend that says that the cross itself burst into bloom at the moment that Jesus died.  The legend of the True Cross describes how the wood of the cross came from a tree that sprang from a seed taken from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.

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