Tag Archives: Crown

Heart Imagery

A heart is the universal symbol for love and devotion. In the graveyard it represents mortality and the essence of life i.e. a person’s spirit or soul, and is therefore symbolic of charity, courage, joy, and sorrow.

This grave appears to be the resting place of a mother and daughter, Catherine and Annie, who died aged 64 years and 27 years in the latter part of the 19th century.

  • On the left: Mite Cor Jesu Miserere Nobis: Gentle Heart Of Jesus, Have Mercy On Them. A a cross emerging from a heart is surrounded by sun rays which represents the resurrection.
  • The central iconography displaying a cross and crown symbolizes the reward of eternal life after death for those who believe in the crucified Savior. The grapes and leaves represents Jesus Christ and the Christian faith where wine symbolizes the blood of Jesus and the Sacraments.
  • The engraving on the right shows a heart pierced by a sword. This is symbolic of Christ and repentance. “Yea, a sword shall pierce through thine own soul.” (Luke 2:35) Dulce Cor Marie Ora Pro Eis: Sweet Heart Of Mary, Pray For Them.

The rose represents love and purity and the brevity of life on earth.

oakville_heartsTwo joined hearts on a stone identify a marriage.

The Sacred Heart is often depicted in Christian art as a flaming heart shining with divine light. It is symbolic of religious fervour.

A heart encircled with thorns symbolizes the suffering of Christ for our sins. The same meaning is attached to a bleeding heart.


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


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

crown of thorns


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

Crown Fist  Rope


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)

with cross

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


Until the day break and the shadows flee away

Crown Cross

Until the day dawn and shadows flee away

Kitchener Mount Hope_Lindner Schaefer

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.