crown of thorns

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any affliction that causes great suffering


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somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts

a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion

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Here are some of the famous objects and artworks associated with Notre Dame: | Crown of Thorns: Purported to be a relic of the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion, the hallowed object was stored in the cathedral's treasury.
Of course, the man who had to wear that crown of thorns was impelled to ask before his Crucifixion: "My God, why have you forsaken me?" The families present in the Cathedral must have asked that question many times as they wore their own crown of thorns, bearing the accusatory lies of those in power and the denial of justice for nearly three decades.
Working with the Maldivian government and NGOs including the Manta Trust, the Olive Ridley Turtle Project and Shark Watch, the Gili Veshi team will continually monitor the marine ecosystem and threats to biodiversity including coral bleaching and the onslaught of invasive Crown of Thorn starfish.
75, an old priest chisel's words onto a small stone tablet declaring that the Crown of Thorns held in the Church of Zion, is a fake!
G McLANDERS, Byker Crown for a King A SIMPLE rose grows in this land Planted by nature not by hand I grow unwanted everywhere And my fragrance fills the air Not much use to anyone except Their eyes to gaze upon My flowers unpicked are left to die To return in a summer sky Then one day, many years on I awake to find my stems are gone Cut and twisted with grasses bound I find I've turned into a crown For I have been taken for a king But no rejoicing, no bells ring For with this vicious crown of thorns A man called Jesus was adorned A king they said, and he must die Then Jesus Christ was crucified.
PARIS -- An ancient relic that many Christians revere as Jesus Christ's ''Crown of Thorns'' has made a special public appearance at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
6 THE tradition of dousing a Christmas pudding with brandy and setting it on flame is said to represent Christ's passion while the holly on top is to symbolise the crown of thorns.
The tradition of dousing it all with brandy and setting it on flame is said to represent Christ's passion while the holly on top is to symbolise the crown of thorns.
The NHS, once a jewel and national treasure, is now a tarnished crown of thorns. It's OK for our politicians.
One of the priests, Leonard Mary, from Irondale in the American state of Alabama, was dressed as Jesus and carrying a cross while wearing a crown of thorns. Fake blood dripped from his chest to complete the image.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science study blamed cyclones, natural coral bleaching and the invasive crown of thorns starfish - fed by farming fertiliser run-off.
The artwork on the back of his calf shows the face of Jesus, complete with his crown of thorns.
"I got my neighbour in, and he's a Buddhist, even he agreed with us and just about everyone who's seen it has gone 'oh my god'." She added: "The rust even looks like blood from the crown of thorns."
She brought a piece of the crown of thorns, forced on to Christ's head before he was crucified, to Scotland in 1561.