The Easter Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of Christ's crucifixion the dogwood tree was as tall as the oak and other forest trees.  Its wood was so strong and firm that it was chosen for the cross.  

The tree was very upset to be used for such a purpose and Jesus understood.  He told the tree, "Because of your sorrow and pity for my sufferings, I promise this: never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross.  Henceforth it will grow slender, bent, and twisted.  

Bright red fruit will represent the blood of Christ, and dogwood blossoms will be in the form of a cross- two long petals, and two short petals.  In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints- brown with rust.  And in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns as a reminder of my death upon the cross."

Easter Legend of Poplar and Aspen Trees

In another legend, both the poplar and aspen were the trees from which the cross was made - which is why they are trembling with shame to this day.


The Easter Legend of the Robin

Once, long ago, a little bird in Galilee saw a large crowd gathered around a Man carrying a heavy wooden cross. On the Man's head was a crown made from a thorn branch.  The little bird saw that the thorns were hurting the Man.  It wanted to help Him, so it flew down and pulled out the longest, sharpest thorn with its tiny beak.  As he did, a drop of blood from the thorn's wound dripped onto the robin's breast, staining it bright red.

The stain never went away. And so today the robin proudly wears a red breast, because it helped a Man named Jesus.