Crown of Thorns


… The Crown of Thorns… will be part of the procession as the faithful gather on the bridge that links Notre Dame with Paris to mark Good Friday…

The Crown of Thorns was among relics saved by a “human chain” of firefighters, emergency workers and antique experts who passed the holy items from the cathedral to safety as the fire burned…

The Crown of Thorns and the tabernacle that contained the Eucharist were both locked inside a safe that only a few had the codes to open. Eventually firefighters were able to get the combination and opened the safe as debris and embers fell from above…

Natalie Dreier, WSB-TV


I wouldn’t usually link to a Yahoo page, as they tend to vanish, but here’s this:

Notre Dame: how Christ’s Crown of Thorns has survived crusades, political upheaval and a fire (but only just)

Dr Emily Guerry, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Kent

crown-of-thorns-service-june-2017Holy Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus Christ is presented for in a special service at Notre Dame Cathedral, June 2017. Damann via Shutterstock

Preserved in a gilded, crystalline reliquary and exposed to the faithful every year for a special service on Good Friday, the crown relic looks like a wreath comprised of brittle but elegantly woven marine rushes. This delicate relic has a long and complicated history….

The Crown of Thorns is named in three of the gospels as one of many tortuous instruments used while Christ is being mocked during his trial and punishment (Matthew 27:27–30Mark 15:16–19, and John 19:1–3). In John’s gospel, the Passion narrative is extended: Christ is brought before the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, to face the crowd while still wearing the Crown of Thorns. …

Christ does not wear the Crown of Thorns in early depictions of the Crucifixion. Christ is shown dying on the cross without the crown (with only a handful of exceptions) throughout the first millennium of Christian art. And the existence of a relic cult is unknown until the fifth century.…

In 591 AD, Gregory of Tours offered the earliest known description of the crown relic:

They say that the Crown of Thorns appears as if it is alive. Everyday its leaves seem to wither and every day, they become green again because of divine power.

Throughout innumerable wars, disasters, other threats from the vicissitudes of time, this small, sacred object – a little cluster of ancient branches that signify Christian salvation – still remains. Loved by thousands, the Crown of Thorns relic continues to serve its purpose – to inspire hope, to remind us that what is lost can one day flourish again and that the things we love, no matter how small, have great power.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Blood nanoparticles on Shroud of Turin reveal victim suffered torture

Mark Ellis, GodReports, July 26, 2017
“The Blood serum tells us that before dying the person was suffering…”

Before the scourgers laid their knotted whips upon Jesus as he was bound to the whipping post, they again put upon him the purple robe, and plaiting a crown of thorns, they placed it upon his brow. And when they had put a reed in his hand as a mock scepter, they knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they spit upon him and struck him in the face with their hands. And one of them, before they returned him to Pilate, took the reed from his hand and struck him upon the head.

Then Pilate led forth this bleeding and lacerated prisoner and, presenting him before the mixed multitude, said: “Behold the man! Again I declare to you that I find no crime in him, and having scourged him, I would release him.”

There stood Jesus of Nazareth, clothed in an old purple royal robe with a crown of thorns piercing his kindly brow. His face was bloodstained and his form bowed down with suffering and grief. But nothing can appeal to the unfeeling hearts of those who are victims of intense emotional hatred and slaves to religious prejudice.

Urantia Paper 185

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