The sixth century hymn (#166) we sing on Good Friday celebrates this beauty with these words:
“Faithful cross! Above all other, one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit they peer may be.”
The tree of life in the Garden of Eden has often been seen as a prefiguring of the cross. Some legends even say that the wood of Christ’s cross came from the tree of life or from a tree that grew from seeds of the tree of life. There is another legend that says at Christ’s death…
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