Satan’s Defeat

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St. Michael’s Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana, features two sculptures of St. Michael. The deep bas-relief statue at the entrance of the cemetery is made of a polished and unpolished red granite giving the statue a duo-tone effect.  Here St. Michael stands on the back of the devil himself who is holding his head in agony.  This statue represents the triumph of good over evil.

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The statue at the rear entrance is painted stone.

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Both statues depict St. Michael ready with sword. This sculpture shows Him wearing a plumed helmet, and an armor breastplate, his sword blade broken off. Here he is standing on a dragon representing Satan. Again, this statue symbolizes good over evil. St. Michael points to the Heavens to show the source of victory.

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St. Michael is a favorite found in many Catholic cemeteries. Only the Archangel Michael, one of three angels mentioned by name in the Bible, is clothed in armor.  The sword he carries represents a cross but also a weapon in his war against the devil’s warriors.

 

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One Response to Satan’s Defeat

  1. PJ says:

    Please would you contact me with an email address for private conversation?

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