IHS is a monogram of the name of Jesus, derived from the first three letters of the Greek version of his name: Iota, Eta and Sigma. Sometimes you’ll see the three letters IHS superimposed on top of each other, creating a symbol that looks a bit like a dollar sign ($). The Roman version is IHC.
In the Middle Ages, IHS was widely propagated by the Franciscans, and in the Catholic Reformation (the period of the Catholic Reformation that began with the Council of Trent in 1543), the Jesuits interpreted IHS as Iēsum Habēmus Socium ( “We have Jesus as our companion”).
From the Greek, it is an abbreviation of the name ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (Jesus). In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Christogram consists of the letters X, P, I and X arranged in the cross. They are the first letters of one of two words in the Greek language: Christ and Jesus Christ.
A hand with index finger pointing up symbolizes hope in heaven, while a hand with index finger pointing down represents God reaching for the soul. An important symbol of life, hands carved into tombstones represent the deceased’s relationship with other people and with God.
Headstone – a flat, stab-like stone headstone placed at the supported end of a grave. Tombstones can be used alone or in conjunction with footstones.
The fish is a symbol commonly used by early Christian writers in the gospels to signify resurrection and infinity thereafter.
The most common symbol of our faith is the crucifix – a cross to which is attached the figure of the body of Jesus Christ. The crucifix is a symbol of sacrifice and atonement because according to the Bible, Jesus died for the sins of the world. The crucifix is found wherever Catholics are present.
The circle is an ancient symbol of eternity, often found alongside a cross on Christian tombs. The circle has neither a beginning nor an end and can also symbolize the resurrection.
In most cemeteries, husbands are buried on the south side of a burial ground and wives on the north side. The other key factor, Delp notes, is that tombstones can face east or west. The direction they face makes a big difference. “That determines whether the man is on the right or left,” he explains.
Don’t run, scream, or roll on the floor. This is not a place for children’s games. Don’t let them play on any of the monuments. While it’s good to get children used to showing respect in a cemetery, they often don’t understand the importance of everything in the cemetery.
A private grave will typically accommodate four adults, but no guarantees can be given as soil conditions vary from time to time and from place to place, affecting burial capacity.< /p>