The Quotable

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Bit of Catholic Trivia

I thought this was interesting wanted to pass it along. It was written in the The Black Book.

The "Anchor Cross"

The anchor is a symbol of safety. Early Christians began to use it as a symbol of hope, especially at the time of death. Placing it on the funeral monument was an expression of trust that the departed had arrive safely at the port of eternal peace.

In the catacombs in Rome, this symbol appears as early as the second century. Since the shape of the anchor resembles a cross it was often depicted in the way that combined the anchor as a sign of safety and the cross as a sign of salvation.

This symbol aslo has its roots in Hebrews 6:19: "This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil..."

Thanks be to God!


  1. I'm reminded of the sons 'We have an anchor that keeps the soul'. Thanks Cathy.

  2. Yes! Thank you, Mike, and so it is!

  3. Thanks for the info, Cathy! :-)

  4. Very interesting! I love learning these things!

  5. I suppose too that some of those whose livlihood takes them to the high seas with all its perils would also look upon this symbol as a prayerful reminder that their lives, like ours, are in the hands of the good Lord.

  6. veritas, you know I think you might be correct in that assumption. It certainly makes sense. Thank you!!

  7. Thanks for this info. My dad wore a gold chain with one of these anchors and I never knew about the meaning behind it. He has since passed on and I forgot about it until now. I'm going to ask my mother about it and see if she still has it.

  8. What a wonderful legacy! I hope your mother still has it. Good evening!!


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