Passion Flower 18X10
The Anglicized name, “passion” flower refers to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The name and the flower itself are filled with symbolism. The five petals and the five sepals are said to represent the 10 faithful apostles (omitting Peter and Judas). The tips of the leaves suggest the point of the centurion’s spear. The central flower column denotes the pillar of the scourging. The flower’s tendrils resemble the whips used in the flagellation. The corona filaments are compared to Christ’s crown of thorns. The three stigma are called the nails, and the five anthers reflect the five sacred wounds, while the red stains recall the blood of Christ.