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Abbey graveyard (22)

Abbey graveyard (23)

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In my other life, I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), and one of my particular areas of interest is prayer beads. The rosary wasn’t standardized until the 1560s, but there were various forms of prayer beads used in Christian Europe for the previous few hundred years, and the rosary became the best known one and most associated with Roman Catholicism.

Petralia (2)

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Colonese Monument - Our Lady of Lourdes

Mary L. Della

I haven’t seen the rosary on any grave markers created before the 20th century, and most of those I’ve seen have been from the past 50 years or less. The rosary is, very basically, a set of beads on which Roman Catholics are expected to say a particular, repetitive set of prayers while meditating upon a series of events in the life of Mary, the mother of Christ. There’s a whole lot more packed into that, and I study the history as a historical reenactor, but that’s good enough for a short explanation. Although Catholics are not the only religious group to have prayer beads and the rosary is not the only set of prayer beads they have, the rosary is an important, well-known symbol of the Catholic faith.

Mary Rivera

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Colonese Monument

Colonese Monument

I’m much more interested in epitaphs than I used to be, and one of the things I always look for is whether an epitaph is a quote from somewhere else – a surprising number of them are.  This one does in fact seem to be a prayer specific to the Coloneses’.  I could not find any poem or hymn that this seems to come from.

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Most of the crosses I am drawn to first are sculptures that rise above the rest of the monument and stand high against the sky, but there are lovely crosses that are engraved into the tombstone itself, like this one for the Karmans.

Karman

I would love to know more about who these two men were and why they share a gravestone.  I wonder, based on Cook’s profession as a priest being listed and the presence of the rosary, if Labate was affiliated with the Roman Catholic church as well.
William Robert Cook and Anthony James Labate

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Finally, I have saved the simple Roman cross on this teenage girl’s marker for last.
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