A cross with four arms of equal length (crux quadrata) is known as a Greek cross. It is symbolic of the Church itself rather than Christ’s crucifixion. In non-traditional religions it represents the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
CROSS FIVE FOLD
Although a Greek cross does not represent the crucifixion, when five Greek crosses are displayed together, they symbolize the five wounds inflicted on Christ: nails in the hands and feet and a spear in his side. This cross was popular in the Crusader era.
CROSS WITH THORNS
A circle superimposed on a Greek cross is representative of the crown of thorns placed on Christ’s head during the crucifixion.
The representation of Jesus, acknowledged by Christians as the Son of God, is commonly seen within cemeteries in the form of free standing statues or symbols on gravestones. The symbol of a crucified Jesus brings focus to our sins and his desire to save us; whereas the images of a resurrected Jesus with outstretched arms beckons and welcomes us to share in eternal life.
The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from sin.
Safe in the arms of Jesus.
An heir of God through Christ.
With Christ which is far better.
Christ our life.
Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring him.
Sweet bitter sleep our Father takes Till in Christ Jesus he awakes Then will his happy soul rejoice To hear his blessed Saviour’s voice. 1882
Friends and physicians could not save My mortal body from the grave Nor can the grave retain it here When Christ my saviour shall appear.
Jesus the very thought of thee.
My hope is in Christ.
Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep From which none ever wake to weep.
Be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh. 1888