The On the Journey Statue depicts the passing over from this life to the “other side” in the Afterlife. This monument statue depicts the Greek myth of Charon the ferryman bringing the soul of a deceased person across the rivers Acheron and Styx to Hades, the realm of the dead. This monument statue is of distinctive heirloom quality and will stand prominently for many, many years to come in your parish memorial garden, or in your own home prayer garden, or mounted on a memorial plaque (not included) or tombstone. The On the Journey Statue can stand in as a testament of your firm conviction that your deceased loved one has indeed passed over to the “other side” – but not into the gloomy underworld of Hades but into the bright blazing light of Heaven’s glory, and is now part of that great “cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) gathered around the throne of the Lord of Life.
On the Journey Statue – Solid Bronze from Germany
The On the Journey Statue is 6.3 inches long, 4.7 inches high, and 2.4 inches deep. The finely-detailed solid bronze statue comes with mounting screws for placement on a stone or marble memorial plaque or tombstone. This monument statue will stand up to the ravages of time and the weather’s worst in heat, cold or damp. Designed and forged in a workshop and foundry in Germany, the On the Journey Statue is a beautiful reminder that our friends and family members, marked with the sign of faith, have passed over from this death into New and Eternal Life. Also lovely and fitting memorial for that deceased mariner in your life.
Hades is not Hell! Hades is not Heaven!
In Greek mythology, Charon (in Greek, Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who ferries the souls of the recently departed across the rivers Styx and Acheron that separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. Since it was believed that the deceased soul had to pay Charon for passage, the family of the deceased would place a coin in or on the mouth of the deceased. (It was also common belief that those who could not pay this fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years.) In modern times, Charon is commonly depicted (as in this monument statue) as a living skeleton in a great cowl, much like the Grim Reaper. While the On the Journey Statue certainly conveys the image of passage from this life to the “Afterlife”, beyond that it serves only as a reminder in contrast that God is no Charon, no Grim Reaper, but the One who sends the angels to bring our deceased loved ones into the glory of Heaven (our eternal home of destiny) and not to the dusky, musty underworld of Hades. In Heaven, our deceased loved ones will shine like stars in the sky (Daniel 12:3), not fade into the dark as half-shades in a mythical Hades.
- In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.
- May angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.