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Lily

Flowers are one of the most commonly used symbols in cemeteries, and during the 17th century it was so popular that almost every flower had a symbolic meaning. One of the most popular cemetery flowers is the Lily. It symbolizes immortality, the restoration of innocence and purity after death.

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Life is like a blooming flower, never meant to be permanent.

The first Lily appeared when Eve shed a tear after being banished from the Garden of Eden. As a Christian symbol it is also associated with the Virgin Mary and often found on the graves of women.

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The opening blossom lovely was to view
And to his parents promised comfort true
Submissively their loss they do deplore
And humbly bow unto Almighty power.

There are many variations of the plant genus Lily. The flower known as the Easter Lily has become symbolic of Christ’s resurrection although there is no historical connection. It is also known as the Madonna Lily representing the Annunciation.

The rare symbol of a Lily with a sword represents guilt and innocence. Christ, as the judge of the world, appeared with a sword and a Lily in his mouth.

A Calla Lily symbolizes marriage
http://www.malcolmsier.co.uk/memorials/headstones/

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The Lily Of The Valley was used to honor Christ and symbolize that He is “the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valleys.” (Song of Solomon 2:1). It symbolizes Humility; innocence; Purity; Rebirth; and the Return of happiness.

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In France the Fleur De Lys, considered a stylized Lily, was a royal emblem. The three lobes represent the trinity and perfection.

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Angelic Symbols

Angels are spiritual beings guarding the tomb and praying for the soul. As a messenger from God the angel is a guide to Heaven. They represent love, protection, and resurrection. Angels are represented in many forms.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
Thy angels watch me through the night,
And keep me safe till morning’s light.

ANGEL CARRYING A CHILD
Symbolizes embracing the soul and escorting the deceased to heaven.

Like a rosebud faded with life scarce begun
And angels, bright angels escorted him home.

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ANGELS IN CLOUDS
Represents heaven and Divine love.

Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada
Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada

Angels to beckon me
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer is thee

Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada
Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada

ANGEL DROPPING FLOWERS
Represents blessings from Heaven

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Mt. Olivet, Colorado http://cemeteries.wordpress.com/category/flowers/

Love’s last gift

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Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

ANGEL FLYING
Represents a Guardian angel offering rebirth and resurrection

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ANGEL HOLDING A LILY
Represents chastity

A flower transferred from earth to bloom in heaven

Colma, CA https://www.flickr.com/photos/sally_mcburney/3870136576/
Colma, CA
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ANGEL HOLDING A WREATH
Represents the memory of a loved one

Stratford, ON, Canada
Stratford, ON, Canada

ANGEL PRAYING

Colma, California
Colma, California

And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile. 1925

Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada
Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada

An angel holding a praying bowl

Lowville, ON, Canada
Lowville, ON, Canada

ANGEL TRUMPETING
The Archangel Gabriel depicted with a horn represents a call to the resurrection on the day of judgment. “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Glenwood, Houston, TX https://www.flickr.com/photos/7259517@N03/8658656229
Glenwood, Houston, TX
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 ARCHANGEL MICHAEL WITH SWORD
Represents the smiting of evil and forgiveness of sin

St. Michael's, Boston, MA, USA https://www.flickr.com/photos/80992738@N00/6015175740
St. Michael’s, Boston, MA, USA
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The blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin. 1917

Glenwood, Houston, TX https://www.flickr.com/photos/7259517@N03/8659762290
Glenwood, Houston, TX
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ANGEL WEEPING
Symbolizes grief, mourning or an untimely death

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http://thebachbook.com/kyle-gray-angel-whisperer/

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

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Granada, Spain
Granada, Spain

FALLEN ANGEL OF THE MODERN VARIETY thanks to vandalism and neglect.

Newington fallen angel
Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland