Due to unemployment, and thus financial hardship, I have changed my policy of not adding labor cost to my rosaries. I hope that you can understand why this is necessary and will continue to support my apostolate. At this time I need to support my family with my skills and resources. I have not added much to the cost of each item -- not as much as most vendors would, doubling or tripling their cost -- but just enough to contribute a small amount to my family's income.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Dogwood Tree


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I recently bought these dark brown opaque glass beads and then I wasn't sure what I would do with them. I really like dark brown -- it's such a rich color, but they needed the right center and crucifix to make a pretty rosary. When I saw this gold Dogwood crucifix and center, I knew I found the right match. There is a legend that Jesus was crucified on a Dogwood tree. It goes:

"It is said 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 gibbet. 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." - Fisheaters.com
The beads are 6 mm fire-polished, chocolate-colored opaque glass, and the center and crucifix are gold pewter.




Dina said...

Simple Beautiful.

Elisa said...

Wow..I had never heard of this legend...how beautiful! That dogwood crucifix is beautiful.