Tag Archives: Cross

Abandoned and Forgotten

Overgrown and abandoned cemeteries emote a special kind of sadness.

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Give joy or grief, give ease or pain
Take life or friends away
But let me find them all again
In one eternal day.   1862

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Reader remember dye thou must
And after Death return to Dust
Therefore repent, repent in time
The Grave next opened nay be thine.

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To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die.  1939

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Tho lost to sight
To memory clear

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The parish of Saint Bernard, New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

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Lights are from our household gone
Voices we loved are stilled
Places are vacant at our home
Which never can be filled.

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Abide with me
Fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens
Lord with me abide.

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Death is swallowed up in victory.

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Death severs yet unites. 1912

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Only goodnight beloved not farewell. 1938

Crowns of Glory

Crowns on gravestones represent the glory of life after death, or the triumph over death.crown

Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him

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Take comfort Christians
When your friend in Jesus
Fell asleep, their better being never ends
Why then dejected weep

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If we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
Even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him

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The voice of the ones we loved are still
My hope is in Christ

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The crown is present in many configurations: a depiction of angels offering a crown to those on Earth, or one of the more common depictions is a cross inside a crown. The cross is symbolic of Christian faith representing Christ’s suffering and represents the eternal reward of life everlasting. When the cross and crown symbols are together they represent the reward of eternal life after death for those who believe in the crucified Savior. “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the Crown of Life.” (Rev. 2:10)

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They broke in Jesus and are blessed
Now calm their slumbers are
From suffering and from soon released
And freed from every snare.

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Until the day break and the shadows flee away

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Until the day dawn and shadows flee away

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Waiting until he comes

Early crowns were made out of plants and derived their meaning from those herbs. As men fashioned crowns out of more enduring substances like gold, they added little spikes to call to mind the power and authority of the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Patonce Crosses

The Patonce cross refers to any cross which has expanded ends and as such includes the Patee cross, the Fleury or Gothic cross, and the Botonee cross.

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The Botonee cross has at each end a trefoil (three rounded lobes) which represent faith, wisdom and charity. In Christianity the three petals represent the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit with a total of 12 petals symbolizing the 12 apostles.

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Sweet spirit dear a sad farewell
For we shall meet again
The place where happy souls do dwell
Is free from toil and pain. – 1832

This cross is decorated with Christ on the cross, six pointed stars at each end and on the base, a crescent moon.

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A poppy grows at the base of the above image representing Eternal sleep, Peace and Rest.

And he asked who gathered this flower
And the gardener answered the Master
And his fellow servant held his peace.

The ends of a Gothic cross, also known as a Fleury cross, are more open and flare out. It represents the adult Christian and is occasionally found with flowers at the end e.g. Fleur de Lys.

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Unto Thy faithful, O Lord
Life is changed not taken away
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They die in Jesus and are blest
How kind their slumbers are
From sufferings and from sins released
And freed from every snare. – 1801

The Patee cross is not indented to form lobes but is incorporated into the Patonce family because its arms narrow towards the center. This cross is often embroidered on altar and pulpit hangings.

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Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord
But again I hope to meet him
When the day of life is fled
And in Heaven with joy to greet him
Where no farewell tears are shed

Image Sources:
http://www.russianroots.ca/schafertree.htm
http://journals.hil.unb.ca/journalimages/MCR/1989/Vol_29/mcr29rr04_fig3.jpg
http://kaionegal.typepad.com/the_art_of_nothing/2010/09/londons-brompton-cemetery.html