Archive for the ‘Angels’ Category

I’ve written before about angel statues in cemeteries that looked like children rather than adults. When we visited St. Paul Cemetery, all of the angel statues were child-like.

Lesjak (2)

Fifolt (2)

Novak (2)

I’m not sure if this is fashion or a cultural preference – the cemetery burials are heavily eastern European (particularly Slovenian).

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While I continue to sort through and upload all the photos from my vacation, why don’t you check out some of these posts featuring angels from other bloggers.

From the Graveyard Detective, two small angels flank the base of this cross at Hurst Green Roman Catholic Cemetery in Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Sleeping Gardens also features a pair of angels on the monument memorializing Johanna Sophia Elisabeth Otter. That blog also has a lovely entry for Wednesday’s Child with a child-like angel.

Stone Gardens brings us the story of the World War II war babies of Fairview Cemetery, Texas, and the angel that watches over them.

Finally, Over Thy Dead Body has a fallen angel in Dublin’s St. Jerome Cemetery.

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Over Thy Dead Body has some lovely angel photos on her Wordless Wednesday post.

The Graveyard Detective’s post is appropriately named Remarkable Memorial Angels. She also found us this lovely but fragile broken angel.

Sleeping Garden’s Wednesday’s Child features an angel sculpture and Monday Mourning has angel statues from Venice.

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The statues I’ve written about recently have been holding anchors and looking towards heaven, but some statues hold books instead. The meaning of the book is not as universally agreed upon as the anchor – perhaps it represents the Bible, perhaps the scribing statues are angels at work recording the good deeds of the deceased in the book of life…

The Hatch statue in Lake View Cemetery has been captured in a pensive moment – she sits with a book and a cross in her hand, but she has just glanced towards the skies and pressed her hand to her breast.


Other figures with books include the previously visited Erkenbrecher scribe.


This angel has paused in writing with her quill pen just long enough to be carved.


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I have a particular affection for angel statues, and I enjoy when other bloggers post them and I can share them with you.

The blog Stone Gardens often includes lovely angel statues, such as in the post Angels Among Us and in this Silent Sunday.

Over Thy Dead Body’s Imploring Angel post has photos of a kneeling, praying angel.

The Graveyard Detective has two posts appropriately labeled Mourning Statues and Mourning Statues 2.

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In honor of the holiday and the season, one of my favorite Christmas carols and some Lakeview Cemetery angels to guard over those who have gone before…

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
-Edmund Sears

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Namy Angel

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Haserot Angel in Snow

O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.


Corner Angel

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

And the Schmitt angel, holding the poinsettia that inspired me to write my very first real post on this blog:
Mildred and Emma Schmitt tombstone (4 of 4)

Peace on the earth, goodwill to men…whatever you celebrate or have celebrated this holiday season, I hope that it has brought you joy and peace, and I hope you find happiness in the new year.

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Angels from Lake View Cemetery, with lyrical accompaniment…

Ellenberger Monument

Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing over the plains,
And the mountains in reply,
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, in excelsis Deo.

Braun Mausoleum

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the glad some tidings be
Which inspire your Heav’nly song?

D. S. Possons

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.


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Angels from Lake View Cemetery, with lyrical accompaniment…

Hark! The herald angels sing
-John Wesley


Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”


Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.


Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.


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Sometimes angel sculptures are combined with a cross, so that the angels are leaning on or supporting a cross in their grief.


Cross Monument

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This angel sits at ground level and is approximately life size.


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