Posts tagged “Free Cross Clipart

Grace Morales, 1893 ~ Graveyard Crosses

Grace Morales, 1893 ~ Graveyard Crosses
Illustration
Karen Rivera 2010


Telephone Pole Cross, Summer Thunderstorm at Colmer, New Mexico

Telephone Pole Cross
Summer Thunderstorm at Colmer, New Mexico
July 2010
Karen Rivera


San Antonio Church, Punta de Agua

Punta de Aqua
Highway 55, Southern New Mexico
Karen Rivera

The small villages along Highway 55 have always held a special place in my hard-scrabble New Mexican heart. Using the few resources available in the barren, harsh acres early settlers recycled the ever-present rocks into homes, walls, and churches.

In Punta de Aqua, the rough-cut stone San Antonio Church stands as a monument to an earlier example of sustainable and green building.

If you’d like to walk through Punta de Aqua at street level, click here to go to Google Maps, then click satellite.


Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario

Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Andreita Avila’s Cross

Andreita Avila’s Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery
Bernalillo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 21010

There’s something so touching about handmade grave markers. Many of the cemeteries in New Mexico have suffered from vandalism and neglect. Families die out, move away or simply abandon the traditional New Mexican ways.

My favorite crosses are what I call the “hard times” crosses: handmade from whatever durable materials could be afforded. Rebar, cement, wood, rocks–everything is fair game and free. Oddly enough, the poorer the community, the better kept the graveyards are.

Andreita Avila’s Cross is on the left side of Our Lady of Sorrows Graveyard in Bernalillo, New Mexico. It’s proximity to the Placitas off-ramp has made it a vandal’s dream so it was heart-warming to find this small pocket size memorial exactly where it was placed  years ago.


Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View

Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Sanctuario Gate

Sanctuario Gate
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Chimayo Easter Cross with Pink Lilies

Chimayo Easter Cross with Lilies
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Cornelio’s Cross

Cornelio’s Cross
Northern New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Francis Cathedral

Kateri Tekakwitha
Santa Fe, St. Francis Cathedral
sebastian 2010


Traditional Black Celtic Cross with Circles

Traditional Black Celtic Cross with Circles
Alexandra Grey 2009

Free Traditional Black Celtic Cross with Circles by Alexandra Grey is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


Pressed Tinwork Cross

Pressed Tinwork Mexican Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Black Iron Cross with Grapes

Black Iron Cross with Grapes
Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007


Assyrian Cross of the Four Worlds

Assyrian Cross of the Four Worlds
Alexandra Grey 2009

This Assyrian Crosses has 4 symetrical arms that represent the four directions: North, South, East and West. The arms of Assyrian Crosses expand into bell shapes or end in vertical ovals.

Circles are a another common feature of Assyrian crosses. A single circle in the center is a symbol for the center of the universe. All the strength of the universe’s powers are pulled in towards the cross’s owner.

The four circles in the cross show an outward focused life balanced between the world’s forces.

Assyrian Cross of the Four Worlds by Alexandra Grey is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


Red Celtic Cross

Red Celtic Cross
Alexandra Grey 2009

Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of an eighth century square Celtic cross-decorated vertical grave stone in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal.

In early Britain, suicides were buried at the crossroad under the crude cross that the two roads represented, adding to the air of the supernatural. Crossroads also symbolize the space “betwixt and between” where miracles can happen and mystical forces could be contacted just before dawn.

The four cross arms of the square Celtic cross represent the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The center shows the 4 elements meeting at a crossroads.

This cross-decorated vertical grave stone is in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal. Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of this eighth century square Celtic cross.

The Fahan Mura Cross rests in a quiet graveyard next alongside the road from Letterkenny to Buncarna.

This early 7th century cross-slab is 6 1/2 feet and demonstrates a close connection with Scotland, where the shape is more common. The intertwined hand carved knotwork is believed to represent the Tree of Life with its roots on the earth and its branches high in the air symbolized a connection between heaven and earth.

For more images of the Fahan Mura Standing Slab, click here.

The Free Red Celtic Cross by Alexandra Grey is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.