The Virtue of Hope

Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa

Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa

The representation of the Virtue of Hope is a fairly common symbol found in American cemeteries.  It can be found on zinc monuments as a bas-relief and as a full statue carved in marble or granite on stone markers.  Hope is portrayed as a woman leaning against an anchor.  The anchor is an ancient Christian symbol that has been found in early catacomb burials.  The anchor was used by early Christians as a disguised cross.  The anchor also served as a symbol of Christ and his anchoring influence in the lives of Christians.  Just as an anchor does not let a moored boat drift, the anchoring influence of Christ does not allow the Christian life to drift.

Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa

Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Symbolism, Zinc Markers. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to The Virtue of Hope

  1. Mary Kim Schreck says:

    Now, can this same symbolism be used to explain the choice of title for “Anchor” standards? as sources of hope, as safeguards against drifting?

  2. Loren Rhoads says:

    I always assumed it was a reference to Christ as a fisher of men, as well. Thanks for giving me more to think about.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s