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I can’t find an exact source for the epitaph for Julia Crawford, but Christ is frequently characterized as the bridegroom and a Christian or the church as his bride.
The epitaph on this stone is from the Te Deum, a hymn that remains in use in the modern Catholic church as well as some of the Protestant sects. It dates to approximately the 4th century.
Now I need all of you to be honest with me. How many of you clicked on the link because it sounds like a line from The Boondock Saints?
I’ve seen the sentiment “in death not divided” before, but I’d not previously given it a lot of thought. Tonight, trying to restart the blog, I searched the phrase and discovered that it’s biblical. In 2 Samuel 1:23, David’s funeral song for his father-in-law Saul and brother-in-law Jonathan says “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided…”
Posted in Cemetery Sculpture, Symbolism, tagged cleveland, cross, lake view cemetery, occupation, ohio, pilgrimage, roman cross, scallop shell, sculpture, st. james, way of st. james on September 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The shell on this tombstone in Lake View Cemetery intrigues me. A shell like this, specifically a scallop shell, is the pilgrimage symbol for Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where there is a shrine to the apostle St. James the Greater. The shrine holds bones that are reputed to be those of the saint, also the patron saint of Spain, and has been a pilgrimage site for Christians since the 9th century. Medieval pilgrims would wear a shell as a symbol of their journey, and such scallop shells are still available today. Did Irvin make this journey and treasure it in such a way that a representation of it was to be on his grave marker?