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.

Querner (4)

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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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With the holidays, I don’t know if I will post as much content that requires in-depth research. As a balance, though, I will probably post a lot more photographs of cemeteries in snow.


I love the way that cemetery monuments stand out against the soft white of the snow and the gentle grayness of winter clouds.

George Hely Monument

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I should probably begin this post with a thank you to all of you for putting up with this month’s posts. While I’ve told some ghost stories, a lot of these “creepy” posts are really just about things I find personally disturbing in cemeteries. It’s been very cathartic.

When I took the Angels and Sculptures tour at Lake View Cemetery that I posted about recently, the guide focused upon particular art and architecture movements as they could be observed in sculpture. When we first got to this monument, I knew instantly that I didn’t care for these Art Deco sculptures nearly as much…


…but it took me a minute to put my finger on it.


GOOD HEAVENS, THEY HAVE NO PUPILS! They just have wide, staring blank eyeballs.


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We went on a tour of Lake View Cemetery this weekend that was titled “Angels and Sculptures.” While some of what was covered was interesting, I have to warn anyone considering the tour that it is not precisely as advertised. The tour guide, whose name I cannot remember, works for the Cleveland Museum of Art and seemed to be extremely knowledgeable. Part of the problem was that she started out with background knowledge of architecture and art of the period of the Garfield monument to prepare us for the angels that we were going to see – for 45 minutes of a tour scheduled for two hours. I don’t think I would have minded if the information on artistic styles and movements had been provided in little bits as we were moving around the cemetery, but it was presented as a big long lecture while we craned our necks up to see what she was discussing on the Garfield monument.


There are four angels with the points of the compass on the ceiling of the Garfield monument, and at the one hour mark of the tour, they were the only angels we had seen. In total, we only visited 6 sites in two hours – the angels on the ceiling of the Garfield monument, 4 other sculpted angels, and the statues of the mourners I showed last Friday. (The mourners at the Peck monument are not angels, but I am willing to give that a pass since they are such cool statues.)


I don’t know how many additional angels I would have seen if I had followed the tour to its conclusion, because after 6 sites we had reached the end of the two hours. She did offer to continue the tour for anyone who wanted to continue, but she hadn’t shown me any sculptures I couldn’t have found or understood on my own, so we peeled off from the tour and did some exploring of our own.


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