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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.
We live amongst so many deprived, depraved evil people anymore it’s sickening, however Jesus warned us this would happen in the *last Days* and he has already won this battle....We just have to endure it for a short time without loosing our sanity....
Those who endure shall be saved.....
Heaven is for Heroes
Hell is for Cowards.....
It is also I believe a site considered sacred to modern Pagans. So this may have not been an anti Christian act.
Also, plant the cuttings somewhere on private property within sight every mosque in Britain.
I don’t think they were idolizing the tree, it is just a symbol of faith, it is like vandalizing Crosses at Churches or cutting the head off of a Statue of Mary..It is mean, it is evil, it is dis-respectful and it is unlawful.
The comments at the original article are interesting. One poster explicitly blames a local real estate developer for the destruction. If so, this is a highly charged conflict of a different kind.
I didn’t know there were any Christians left in the U.K.
England has been cut off from the heart of Christianity since the time of Henry VIII.
I saw the tree when I was there. At least, they should be able to make grafts of it. How sad.
I went to the tree this morning, i am so shocked! It is a special Holy tree not just for christinaity but for pagans and all faiths. We now know who did it and he revenged the whole town because he wanted to build flats and we opposed the destruction of the hill where the tree grows. So after the sprig was sent to the queen he ruined the tree over night. - Ella, Glastonbury, 09/12/2010 17:19
From the commetns section it looks like it wasn’t who you all think it was but a developer who was p’oed that he couldn’t plow the hill to build flats.It also looks like the trunk is still in the ground so with good care which I’m sure the town will get it the tree could survive and bloom again.Watch for new sprig to spout soon to give the world hope.
Yeah No Joke.....
What ever happened to the U.K they are in a serious moral breakdown....
A vanquished people must become used to their sacred things being handled, fingered, licked and treated with contempt by the conqueror.
No, the animals are “Mooslums”
Well, I see that we still have a few of the descendants of Oliver Cromwell here in the forum. I wish they’d save more of their energy for fighting against the liberal atheists and Communists and Muslims who are the real threat to Christianity and our western civilization.
I’m very sorry to hear about this. Glastonbury has always been famous as a Grail site. And for its connections with the ancient Arthurian stories.
At least they are salvaging the cuttings, as they have done before. And it’s good to know that so many of the villagers still feel strongly about preserving their traditions.
Yet some PC idiot on another board over Easter weekend told me “he sees ‘discrimination daily’ against Muslims . . . but has never seen it against Christianity”
What a loser . .wonder what he would call this?
Oh my goodness, how awful.
I will await proof before I am convinced.
That is a cruel deal.
Even if you are not a Christian,
Even if you are not amazed that a plant blooms on Christmas and Easter,
Even if you don’t believe that it came from Joseph’s staff,
You should still respect for a tree that survived for 2000 YEARS! To ruin something that brought so much joy to people for 20 centuries is something that is hard to imagine.
As another poster commented, take cuttings and plant them in hidden places.
Shades of the White Tree of Gondor.
I agree that it is just a tree. But make no mistake that the attack was not against the tree itself.
If it is at all like “thorn” trees on my property, they grow right back. They didn’t tear out the roots — they “heavily pruned” it.
It’s offensive and outrageous, but I’ll bet that a new tree will sprout from the roots by June.
Sure is a sad thing to see ...
Probably a pretty good chance that Tolkien was familiar with the tree and the Cromwell story.
Probably the true reason when it finally comes out.
There's nothing wrong with it. A relic or artifact merely provides a connection to a long past event. It's evidence-- a physical representation of history that has lasted through centuries. Nobody is worshipping it.
It's one thing to read a story about something that existed centuries ago. It's quite another to actually be able to go there and touch a piece of it. It true of any historical artifact.
Somehow I suspect he wasn’t a fan of Cromwell or the Roundheads.
WE NEED TO DO SOME H-Bombing!