Leg­end Says Dog­wood Tree Used For Cross

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - EASTER - — Au­thor Un­known

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, un­der­story tree. The flower of the dog­wood has four petals which makes the shape of a cross. The cen­ter of the flower re­sem­bles the crown of thorns with bright red, clus­tered fruit in the cen­ter rep­re­sent­ing the blood of Christ.

The dog­wood blooms in April when Easter Sun­day marks the res­ur­rec­tion of Christ af­ter the Cru­ci­fix­ion.

An old and beau­ti­ful leg­end has it that, at the time of the cru­ci­fix­ion, the dog­wood was com­pa­ra­ble in size to the oak tree and other monar­chs of the for­est.

Be­cause of its firm­ness and strength it was se­lected as the tim­ber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly dis­tressed the tree.

Sens­ing this, the cru­ci­fied Je­sus in his gen­tle pity for the sor­row and suf­fer­ing of all said to it: “Be­cause of your sor­row and pity for My suf­fer­ings, never again will the dog­wood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.

Hence­forth it will be slen­der, bent and twisted and its blos­soms will be in the form of a cross — two long and two short petals.

In the cen­ter of the outer edge of each pe­tal there will be nail prints — brown with rust and stained with red — and in the cen­ter of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will re­mem­ber.”

Dog­wood trees bloom­ing in Prairie Grove in past years.


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