The Crown of Thorns, purchased by King Louis IX in 1239. 800th Anniversary of the Birth of St Louis.
Opening of the Year of St Louis, March 21, 2014
And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns
and placed it on his head. Jn 19:2
A crown of thorns which was believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ and which was bought by King Louis IX in 1239 is presented at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Friday March 21, 2014. To mark the 800th anniversary of Louis IX's christening, the crown of thorns will be displayed outside Notre Dame, at the Collegiate Church of Poissy, where King Louis IX was christened. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere). AP article
Procession to Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, March 21, 2014 link
"On the occasion of the opening of the Year of Saint-Louis, a distant echo of the procession which saw the king welcome, barefoot, the Holy Crown of thorns and the nails of the Cross- we carry and venerate this relic in the streets of Paris. From Notre-Dame to Sainte-Chapelle, which was built to house the [Passion] relics and for the first time in several centuries, a public Mass will be celebrated in this Chapel with the veneration of the Crown; the people turn their eyes towards Christ and the gift He gave to the world to save it."
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A relic believed to be from the Crown of Thorns. The Thorn is said to have been seized from Constantinople, during the Fourth Crusade and later sold to Louis IX of France, who subsequently gave it to Mary Queen of Scots who took it with her to Holyrood in Edinburgh. Following her execution in 1587, the Holy Thorn was given to the Jesuits for safe-keeping, who brought it to Stonyhurst in the heart of the Ribble Valley. ICN
Reliquary pendant of the Holy Thorn Medieval, around AD 1340, from Paris, France. The purpose of the miniature is to conceal a relic of the Holy Thorn. The relic compartment is divided into seven, the central one reserved for a thorn said to come from the crown of thorns that Christ wore on the Cross. The thorn is still in place, with a small golden crown placed above it.
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Vincent Voiture (1597-1648) was a poet who was greatly admired by the members of the French court. Champaigne made this portrait during the poet’s lifetime. An engraving of this portrait accompanied the publication in 1650 of a book of his poems, after his death. A few years later, Voiture’s daughter Madeleine entered a convent to become a nun. She wanted to keep her father’s portrait with her. However, because she was allowed to keep only artworks with religious subjects, Champaigne retouched the painting to add a royal crown and robes, a scepter, and Christ’s crown of thorns, a relic associated with Saint Louis. In this way, Madeleine was able to keep her father’s portrait with her, under the identity of the saint. usml.edu
Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn) is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaciae, native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821. It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Christ. wiki
"The Redbreast". Bearing His cross, while Christ passed forth forlorn, His God-like forehead by the mock crown torn, A little bird took from that crown one thorn. To soothe the dear Redeemer’s throbbing head, That bird did what she could; His blood, ’tis said. Down dropping, dyed her tender bosom red. Since then no wanton boy disturbs her nest; Weasel nor wild cat will her young molest; All sacred deem the bird of ruddy breast. Hoskyns-Abrahall. A Bréton Legend in English Lyrics. Image:allabout birds.org
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