Apr 7 2004
The Easter Cactus
(Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri), popular spring-flowering cactus of the family Castaceae, with flattened stems, grown for its bright-red blossoms that appear about Easter time in the Northern Hemisphere. The related R. rosea is the so-called dwarf Easter cactus, a diminutive plant with fragrant rose-pink flowers in abundance.
The Easter Lily
Many Easter customs come from the Old World. The white lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower. The large, pure white blossoms of the Easter Lilies remind Christians of the pure new life that comes to them through the Resurrection of Jesus. The new plant life that appears in spring symbolizes new life. The lily was also called Pash-flower, Pasque flower, and Passion flower. Christians understood this last to refer to the passion of Christ. In some churches today on Easter morning, you will find the church filled with white lilies in remembrance of our loved ones who are no longer with us.
According to legend at the time of Jesus the dogwood was a large strong tree like the oak or the cedar. Because it was a strong large tree it's wood was used to make the cross on which Jesus died. God in anguish for his Son's suffering decided that the dogwood would never be used again for such and awful deed. So God made the dogwood forevermore small and crooked. God also made its blossoms in the symbol of a cross with marks for the nails in the hands feet and the crown of thorns. Now each spring it blooms as a reminder of Christ's death. But because of its beauty and vibrancy it is also a reminder that Jesus rose again and lives. So through the dogwood God proclaims the truth that Jesus died for the sins of the world and rose again to give us eternal life.
Crown Of Thorns
The "crown of thorns" signifies the pain, suffering, abuse and the cruel manner in which Jesus was treated by the soldiers, as well as the disbelief of many who did not accept him as God's son. Jesus was literally tortured by the soldiers, they scorned him, they used physical abuse toward him, hitting him about the head with clubs and sticks causing the thorns to press deeper into the scalp.