The Passion Flower

Photo Credit: Sister Martha Schweiger
Explanation summarized by Sister Rita Killackey

The flower is pentamerous, with five sepals and five petals, representing the ten faithful apostles (excluding Peter, the denier and Judas, the betrayer); the corona represents the crown of thorns with which roman soldiers crowned him as "King of the Jews"; the ovary, a chalice shaped structure, represents the Holy Grail; the three stigmas represent the three nails used in Christ's crucifixion an the five anthers the five wounds (one in each hand and foot and the last one on his chest caused by the Holy Lance). But not only the floral structures were considered to be the symbols of the Passion of Christ. The Characteristic leaves with pointed tips resemble the Holy Lance that confirmed Christ's death and the tendrils represent the whips during the flagellation. The colors have also been attributed a meaning, since many species are white and blue colors, representing heaven and purity, and we must not forget purple, which was also the color of the robe that Romans covered Jesus after crowning him.