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What sea creature bears a Christian symbol?

The sand dollar. The lore goes that four of the five holes in the sand dollar represent nail wounds in Jesus’ hands and feet. The fifth hole represents the spear wound. On one side, the image of a flower represents the Easter lily. The image on the other side represents the poinsettia, the flower most associated with Jesus’ birth. At the center of the flower is a five-pointed star, which represents the star that led the shepherds and wise men to Jesus. If shaken, the shell rattles. If broken open, the rattling items are found to be five tiny dove-shaped shells that represent the Holy Spirit.



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