CHRIS & MARY
SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS
Cherubim, an order or choir of angels, are usually portrayed as chubby babies with wings and often found on the graves of children. In the angel hierarchy cherubim are considered to be in the second highest order of the nine orders of angels. The Cherubim were sent to Earth to protect the pathway to the Tree of Life.
Here the cherub is playing the lyre. The lyre is a symbol of Apollo, the Greek god of music. In Christian symbolism, however, it can represent harmony and Heavenly accord and song in praise of the Lord. In funerary art, the lyre can also represent the end of life.
Doors And Gates- Passage into the afterlife. Heavenly entrance Dove. The white dove is referred to in the story of baptism of Christ. “And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him” (Bible, John 1:32). The descending dove is a very common motif on grave memorials. Seven doves are representative of the seven spirits of God or the Holy Spirit in its sevenfold gifts of grace. Purity, devotion, Divine Spirit. When shown with an Olive Sprig it means Hope or Promise. Purity, Devotion, Holy Spirit- Soul reaching peace- In Slavic culture, at death the soul turns into a dove- Represents the soul in Visigothic and Roamanesque art. In Romanesque art it representsRomanesque art, it represents souls. In Hinduism, the dove represents the spirit. This bird was sacred to Zeus, to Athena as a symbol of the renewal of life, and to Aphrodite as a symbol of love. To the ancient Egyptians, it signified innocence, and in Islam the dove is the protector of Mohammed In Christianity, the Holy Ghost of the Trinity is often portrayed as a dove. In China it represents longevity and orderliness while in Japan the dove is associated with the war god, Hachiman. In Jewish history the dove was sometimes sacrificed for a mother’s purification after childbirth. The dove is sometimes an emblem of Israel.
Two illustrations of Egyptian lyres are featured above. The larger lyre (which has a straight crossbar, like its Sumerian counterparts) has a very large, fixed bridge with holes through which the knotted ends of strings could be slipped. The lyre played by the woman (which lyre was much lighter and thinner than the other) is held in a typical posture.