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.
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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