The crowns of Christ.

Out of curiosity I decided to explore the meaning of the three crowns being offered to Christ by the believer/saint.

Information from Wikipedia identifies three Royal Crowns used by monarchs’ these being the coronation crown, the working cross and the diadem/circlet otherwise known as the stephanos crown in Greek and in Latin as corona aperta, though stephanos is associated more with laurel wreaths and the crown of thorns said to have been placed on the head of Jesus.

Our believer seems to have in his possession the coronation crown, possibly the working crown and a type of diadem or circlet. The latter is also identified as the Crown of Rejoicing which is one of the five crowns offered to believers in heaven – this one celebrating the life of a saint/believer.

Okay, about the first image containing the cross with the circlet of thorns on the left and the coronation crown on the right. From my point of view either the two types of crosses here are miss matched else the image is telling us another story. If every image agrees per meaning and value we would expect to see the stephanos crown alongside the circlet, “the crown of rejoicing.” In fact we do because the crown of thorns is the crown of rejoicing with which Jesus was crowned King of Kings. The opposite his coronation crown – the heavenly and the earthly. The heavenly, a crown of thorns and the earthly a monarchs crown.

The Crucifixion was a great rejoicing because the Father had loved our world so much that he sent his one and only son, to live as a mortal, just like us, to be tested and tried, just like us, to overcome and to die on the scaffold of the cross to save us. “It is finished” its completion Rejoiced.

Image three
Heavenly Crown

In our third image we see Christ the King seated on his throne wearing a crown with the sunburst behind him. We note that it appears to be the simple stephanos crown with the addition of gem stones.

Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii).

Like flowers in the crown of thorns, botanical name (Euphorbia milii), also called Christ thorn, is a thorny plant of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), native to Madagascar. The Crown of thorns is popular as a houseplant and is grown in warm climates as a garden shrub. Flowering is year-round but most plentiful in wintertime in the Northern Hemisphere.

The common name refers to the thorny crown Jesus was forced to wear during his crucifixion, with the red bracts of the flowers representing his blood.

The Feast of Christ the King

Occurs on the Sunday before Advent commences. The last Sunday in Ordinary or counted time. This year the Feast was celebrated on Sunday, 22 November.

Alternative Titles: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Feast of Christ the King, also called Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is a festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, and other Protestant churches, in honour of Jesus Christ as lord over all creation. Essentially a amplification of the Feast of the Ascension, Pope Pius XI established it in 1925. In the beginning, it was celebrated on the last Sunday in October, but in the revised liturgical calendar proclaimed by Pope Paul VI in 1969 it was moved to the last Sunday of Ordinary Time (immediately preceding Advent), where its theme of Christ’s dominion made it a fitting end to the liturgical year.

Lastly – when did the sun burst arrive?

Also known as a nimbus appearing in Christian art in the 5th century, but practically the same motif was known from several centuries earlier, in pre-Christian Hellenistic art. Firstly reserved for Icons of the Godhead and later the Virgin Mary.

Our very last image shows Christ wearing almost the same type of crown as Lady Liberty, there are only seven spikes visible, just as on Lady liberty. ABOUT IT. It is actually a stylized tiara called the Crown of enlightenment.

Christ wearing the crown of rejoicing surmounted with the crown of enlightenment.


Attribution for the Crown of Thorn Plant, taken by Sven Samelius found at:
Britannica. 2020. Crown of Thorns Plant Description. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.britannica.com/plant/crown-of-thorns-plant. [Accessed 5 December 2020].

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