THE STORY OF THE PASSION FLOWER
This flower has an interesting story about how it got its name. Legend has it that in 1610 a certain Jesuit priest in South America, named Emmanuel de Villegas, discovered the flower and reported it in Europe. In the flower he saw how its different parts amazingly depicted the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is what he saw:
- The Spiraled Tendrils ― The Lash of Christ’s Scourging
- The Central Flower Column ― The Pillar of the Scourging
- The 72 Radial Filaments ― The Crown of Thorns
- The Top 3 Stigma ― The 3 Nails
- The Lower 5 Anthers ― The 5 Wounds
- The Leaves ― The Head of the Centurian’s Spear
- The Red Stains ― Christ’s Blood Drops
- The Round Fruit ― The World Christ Came to Save
Could it be that this flower was clearly designed by the Creator to represent Christ’s passion? Here are some more interesting comparisons:
- It opens and closes both revealing and hiding it’s mystery.
- The edible fruit (some varieties) is sweet and the plant has medicinal qualities.
- The Star of Bethlehem (half-opened flower),
- The 30 pieces of silver (round spots underneath the leaves),
- The vinegar sponge (the style),
- The Apostles (10 petals i.e. 12 less Judas who betrayed Christ and Peter who denied Him)
- And the burial spices (fragrance).
Notice in this pic:
- The 72 Radial Filaments — The Crown of Thorns
- The Top 3 Stigma — The 3 Nails
- The Lower 5 Anthers — The 5 Wounds
- The Red Stains (but it is purple here) — Christ’s Blood Drops