Newsletter April 2019

Halfway through Lent…how are you doing with finding a “thin place” where you are more aware of God’s presence? 


Triduum, one liturgy-three days, culminates our observance of Lent and leads us into the Easter season, a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord.

(click here for an exploration of Triduum  


As the earth begins to green, be on the lookout for blooming dogwoods. The dogwood flower is a beautiful reminder of the blood shed by Jesus on the cross. As legend has it, the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from a dogwood tree. God decreed that the dogwood tree would from that day forth never grow large enough to be used to make a cross. Thus, the dogwood tree is a small, under story tree. Its blossoms are in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there are nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower is a crown of thorns, so all who see this will remember.

The Dogwood Tree

 When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew

To a towering size with a lovely hue.

Its branches were strong and interwoven

And for Christ's cross its timbers were chosen.

 Being distressed at the use of the wood

Christ made a promise which still holds good:

"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow

To be large enough for a tree, and so

Slender and twisted it shall always be

With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.

The petals shall have bloodstains marked brown

And in the blossom's center a thorny crown.

All who see it will think of me,

Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree.

Protected and cherished this tree shall be

A reflection to all of my agony."



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