The Passion Flower (Passiflora) is thought to symbolise the Passion of the Christ:
- The pointed tips of the leaves represent the Holy Lance
- The tendrils represent the whips used to beat Christ.
- The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles.
- The flower’s radial filaments represent the crown of thorns
- The chalice-shaped ovary with its recepticle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail.
- The three stigmata represent the three nails.
- The five stamen below them the five wounds of Christ (four by the nails and one by the lance).
Five wounds. My friend checks. Yes – five wounds. My throat tightens and my eyes prick with tears. Searing, agonizing wounds. Wounded for me. Jesus died for me. He loves *me*. And *all* sin is forgiven because of those five wounds. Jesus wants me as His friend. My Best Friend bled for me.