Monthly Archives: April 2012

The All-Seeing Eye of God

The all-seeing eye of God, also called the Eye of Providence is one of many symbols of Masonic iconography.  This symbol is to remind Masons that all of their actions and deeds are being observed by the watchful eye of the … Continue reading

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The Broken Chain

In the cemetery, much of the iconography represents a life ended—the winged death’s head, the hanging bud, the broken wheel, the incomplete circle, the column that is broken. The gravestone below has a broken chain that wraps around the pedestal … Continue reading

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They will meet in Heaven

This angel looking toward Heaven is holding an open book and a quill.  The angel is clearly poised to write in the book.  Here the angel is registering the name of the deceased into the Book of Life.  In Judaism … Continue reading

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The Hourglass

The soap opera, Days of Our Lives, has as their catchphrase,  “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” The meaning of that catchphrase is clear–life passes by very quickly.  Life measured by the grains of sand … Continue reading

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Our darling boy

Some epitaphs, especially on the gravestones of children, can be heartbreaking.  They tell of the parent’s sorrow and the hopes and dreams that were not realized because of the death of the child like the epitaph below found on the … Continue reading

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A parent’s lament

The gravestone of three-year old Willie displays a weeping willow shading a resting lamb.  The willow is a traditional symbol of sorrow and morning. The lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ, first found in the Biblical passage John 1:29 … Continue reading

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We miss thee

Several companies manufactured “white bronze” markers.  They were actually made of zinc and have a blue tint to them when you spot them in a graveyard.  The markers age very well, and often show very few signs of aging or … Continue reading

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