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Feast of St. Joseph: An Inside Look at Pope Francis’ Spikenard Plant

Feast of St. Joseph: An Inside Look at Pope Francis’ Spikenard Plant

On Feast of Inauguration of Francis’ Pontificate, A Look at How This Flower Plant Has Biblical Roots

“Lower down on the shield there is a star and spikenard flower. The star, according to ancient armorial tradition, symbolizes the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ and the Church; while the spikenard symbolizes St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. In traditional Hispanic iconography, St Joseph is shown with a vine in his hand. By bearing these images on his shield, the Pope communicates his special devotion to the Most Holy Virgin and to St Joseph.” read more