Posts Tagged ‘Angels’


Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace


Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born


Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth



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Other cemetery bloggers I read have noted the presence of five-pointed stars protruding from the foreheads of angel statues in cemeteries. I haven’t found as many as others have found, but these two examples are in Spring Grove 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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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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Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, like Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, is a large garden cemetery with rolling hills, flowering plants, and large family plots centered around family monuments. A number of those monuments are surmounted by elegant angels.

The Call family angel stands with her eyes downcast, one arm outstretched and one holding a book.


This diminutive angel (she’s less than a foot high) grieves over a marker that was too timeworn to read.


This angel was out of where I could easily walk to, but I snapped a photo from behind.


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Blue Angel

I saw this grave offering when I was at Kirtland South Cemetery. I didn’t take a photo of the tombstone itself because it was very new, but I found the brilliant blue angel too compelling to ignore.

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