Open Gates

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The red granite block marker above has an opening cut into it.  The opening has two bronze gates slightly open and set into it.  Open gates are a common symbol found in American cemeteries.

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Most often the open gates symbol is found carved into a gravestone–not in 3D.

Rest Haven Cemetery, Edinburgh, Indiana

Rest Haven Cemetery, Edinburgh, Indiana

The open gates, which are central to the Last Judgment, are opened to a banner above that reads “AT REST”.  The gates here represent a passageway from one realm to the next.  The gates are the portal for saved souls to make their passage from the Earthly realm to the Heavenly realm upon Christ’s return.

Rest Haven Cemetery, Edinburgh, Indiana

Rest Haven Cemetery, Edinburgh, Indiana

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One Response to Open Gates

  1. Mary Kim Schreck says:

    I love how you walk up through one metaphor after another…one symbol after another….your entire collection would be a fascinating book on the study of metaphor and symbolism in North America’s philosophical attitudes toward death–definitely a book waiting to be published since it is already written!

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