Archive for March 24th, 2011

The combination or juxtaposition of the Greek letters alpha and omega in the cemetery is one of my favorite obscure symbols. In the chapter 22 of the Book of Revelations of the Bible, Jesus states “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” For those who have neither a) studied Greek or b) participated in the Greek system in college, alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This seems to be the concept that is referenced when cemetery monuments use these two letters.

The Chambers monument has the letters in flowered rondelles on either side of the central cross.


The two letters are intertwined on the statue base of the Bowler-Burdick monument.


The Perkins monument also displays the letters interlaced.

Perkins Monument

Perkins Monument detail

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