Skip to comments.2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down by vandals
Posted on 12/09/2010 4:17:16 PM PST by penelopesire
"Standing proudly on the side of an English hill, its religious roots go back 2,000 years. But a single night of vandalism has left an ancient site of pilgrimage in splinters. The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury has been chopped down in what is being seen by some as a deliberately anti-Christian act. A feature of the skyline surrounding the Somerset town, the tree has been visited by thousands retracing the steps said to have been taken by Joseph of Arimathea, who some say was Jesus great uncle.
Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who helped Jesus of the cross. According to legend, Saint Joseph travelled to the spot after Christ was crucified, taking with him the Holy Grail of Arthurian folklore. He is said to have stuck his wooden staff which had belonged to Jesus into the ground on Wearyall Hill before he went to sleep. When he awoke it had sprouted into a thorn tree, which became a natural shrine for Christians across Europe. To add to its sacred status, the tree miraculously flowered twice a year once at Christmas and once at Easter. It survived for hundreds of years before it was chopped down by puritans in the Civil War, but secret cuttings of the original were taken and planted around the town. It is from one of the new plants that a replacement tree was planted in the original spot over 50 years ago.
Yesterday residents of Glastonbury wept as they surveyed the damage done to the tree on Wednesday night. Katherine Gorbing, curator of the towns abbey, said: The mindless vandals who have hacked down this tree have struck at the heart of Christianity."
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This is heartbreaking.
If people can legally kill their children, a tree seems so minor in comparison. But I agree, “a heart devoid of any good.”
Sad, it was replanted relatively recently and certainly will be again.
Good point. It was probably done by some anti-christian leftist...one who believes in killing babies as well.
Weird. I just saw a program on PBS about Glastonbury last night. Henry the VIII was a vandal, too.
Yep...either that or a leftist thug looter. England seems to be crawling with both these days.
Before we all go off on the “anti-Christian / leftist / muzzie / abortionist” track, a comment from a local at the sources site said they knew who did it - a developer who wasn’t able to build on a parcel cut it to spite the town.
What a shame! It seems more and more people are born brainless anymore.
It being winter... if it is like most trees it will resprout vigorously from the roots in spring.
It's coming out in the English press it was a real estate developer who wanted to build "flats" on the land...
The land on which the Holy Thorn stood is owned by Edward James, who was arrested this week in connection with an investigation into failed currency exchange firm Crown Currency Exchange, of which he is a director. According to the administrators report, Crown Currency collapsed owing £16million with little more than £3million in the bank. Last night there was speculation that the attack on the Holy Thorn may have been part of a vendetta against him.
Thanks but that sounds like speculation to me as well(it was just a comment at the site after all). One thing is certain..it was a selfish, evil act...whoever did it.
Yep...folks are saying that it is coming out in the english press that it was a developer. ??? It seems so senseless and cruel...and at Christmas!! I hope the person is shamed for the rest of his life....because it doesn’t look like he can be prosecuted either.
You are the second person to say this now. Either way...it’s senseless and evil imho. Do you have a link to the developer part of the story? I’d like to read it and find out the person’s name.
I doubt it. More likely, a couple of the enlightened, "bright," militant atheist a**holes infesting intellectual hellholes like Oxford and Cambridge.
My dad always told me that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today. Grab a cutting and plant another one and best the no good Vandals. I doubt it was members of the Germanic tribe that did it though.
The original Holy Thorn was a centre of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages but was chopped down during the English Civil War. A replacement thorn was planted in the 20th century on Wearyall hill (originally in 1951 to mark the Festival of Britain; but the thorn had to be replanted the following year as the first attempt did not take). Many other examples of the thorn grow throughout Glastonbury including those in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, St Johns Church and Chalice Well.
It was on the other thread.
The article says it is 50 years old. Apparently after the first replacement one died.
Agreed, it was certainly a malicious act. Yet I question those who believe that a thorn tree is “holy.”
What other thread? Can you provide a link please?
The photo you copied from the Daily Mail had to be removed. All material from Daily Mail must be excerpted.
Also Getty Images has a copyright restriction imposed upon Free Republic which allows none of their photos to be posted on Free Republic.
I understand what you are saying, but I am sure it meant alot to the christians and catholics in the region. I have always wanted to tour all of the ancient cathedrals in England. I would say that it was indeed a bit ‘holy’, if it inspired people to walk the way of Christ. Just my two cents.
opps..so sorry about that. I should have checked first. Thanks for letting me know.
I posted another one at post 21 that should be removed too. Sorry for any trouble this caused you.
Oh and thanks for pointing out the tree was 50 years old. missed that the first time I read it.
Thank you for letting us know. :)
You are correct,I am sure. Nonetheless, if it takes a little shrubbery to inspire people to walk the way of Christ, I must again question their understanding of the walk.
Do not despair. Let them destroy all the holy sites they wish. Christendom cannot be destroyed by obliterating holy sites. The light of truth cannot be extinguished. Those that would keep us mired in darkness and superstition have no power over us.
Hey England! It’s time to start deporting all those muzzies!
The nights who say “NI!” must be appeased.
It was for the greater good.
After all, they were on a quest for the Holy Grail.
Evidently, this tree (like its rootstock predecessors) does something unusual for a thorn tree - it blooms twice each year, around Christmas and again at Easter. Hence, the "holy" reference.
If people want to view it as a symbol of the enduring nature of Christianity, I'll not criticize them.
Well said. I was thinking something similar but you said it much better.
Why in the world would someone(s) be so hellbent on destroying a magnificent, ancient tree?
What exactly is holy about the tree?
I am reminded of a great line I read in a book once (it was a fictionalized account of early christianity..a good read). Anyway the quote was in reference to the romans burning the christian churches, artifacts and holy relics:
‘Realities are not extinguished by the destruction of their symbols’
I always loved that line in the book and it seems appropriate in this circumstance for sure.
Thanks for posting the picture. Such a sad story to have to read about today.
Moronic twit. The heart of Christianity is the deathless Christ, not a tree.
And it certainly was not mindless - in fact, it was probably a carefully calculated attempt at some sort of black magic.
Pathetic and impotent black magic, but an attempt nonetheless.
Knuckledraggers strike again.
Thank you for your comment it is very true..
I do not know what I would do if I did not believe that my heavenly father was there for me..I can’t understand people that have no morals ,but there are those that want to hurt as much as they can..One day these people will have to face God and it won’t be pretty..
“Moronic twit. The heart of Christianity is the deathless Christ, not a tree.”
I had similar thoughts when I read her comment too. I am sure she was just overwhelmed at the senseless and heartless vandalism though and not really measuring her words.
Certainly is. I have a picture of me standing by the tree, taken about 20 years ago.