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Posted on 12/09/2010 10:33:00 AM PST by TaraP
2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down
Vandals have destroyed one of the most celebrated Christian pilgrimage sites in Britain and chopped down a tree said to have sprouted from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea 2,000 years ago.
The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury, Somerset, is visited by thousands every year to pay homage and leave tokens of worship. Those visiting today were moved to tears on finding the tree cut to a stump.
The sacred tree is unique in that it blossoms twice a year - at Christmas and Easter - and sprigs taken from the thorn are sent to The Queen each year for the festive table.
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This is horrible.
“said to have sprouted from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea 2,000 years ago. “
The Brits have some weird legends
My guess, of course.
Good thing we christians don't place much stock in icons.
Because there are those in the world that hate Christianity so much that even a tree to them must be destroyed.
Christian legend dictates that Jesus’s great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, came to Britain after the crucifixion 2,000 years ago bearing the Holy Grail - the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.
He visited Glastonbury and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, just below the Tor, planting a seed for the original thorn tree.
Roundheads felled the tree during the English Civil War, when forces led by Oliver Cromwell (pictured) waged a vicious battle against the Crown.
However, locals salvaged the roots of the original tree, hiding it in secret locations around Glastonbury.
It was then replanted on the hill in 1951. Other cuttings were also grown and placed around the town - including its famous Glastonbury Abbey.
Experts had verified that the tree - known as the Crategus Monogyna Bi Flora - originated from the Middle East.
A sprig of holy thorns was taken from the Thorn tree by Glastonbury’s St Johns Church on Wednesday and sent to the Queen.
The 100-year-old tradition will see the thorns sit on Her Majesty’s dinner table on Christmas Day
YES WE ARE FIGHTING THE EVIL IN THE LAST DAYS...
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Could a tree surgeon do some emergency surgery to fix the tree?
It is a tree and hardly the heart of Christianity.
You can only pity those so reprehensibly deprived of anything resembling human consciousness. Were the world depleted of their kind........
It’s not Biblical. Don’t make an idol out of a tree.
That is just sick. And so very sad. A tree that has outlived so many generations is like a revered elder. To indiscriminately damage it like that just underscores some of the meanness and idiocy of our times. I hope they can fix the damage and get it to sprout new limbs. I don’t know anything of this tree or this kind of tree. I’m reminded of the Ents in LOTR, some of my favorite characters. So very sad.
If this had been done to something that muslims held in esteem you can bet there would be untold investigations and arrests.
They must hurry and grow cuttings from the living branches, to make more trees, and to plan an entire grove of them.
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