Saturday, November 2, 2013

Anchor

The anchor is a very early Christian symbol that has been found in the catacombs. About seventy examples of it have been found in the cemetery of Priscilla alone. In the oldest of these (second century) the anchor is found associated with such expressions as pax tecum, pax tibi, in pace, thus expressing the firm hope of the authors of these inscriptions that their friends have been admitted to Heaven. Because of its great importance in navigation, the anchor was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. The Christians, therefore, in adopting the anchor as a symbol of hope in future existence, merely gave a new and higher significance to a familiar emblem.

It also reminds us that many of Jesus’ apostles were fishermen and that we are commissioned to be fishers of people.


"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."                                                               (Hebrews 6:19)


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Der Anker ist ein sehr frühes christliches Symbol, dass in den Katakomben gefunden wurde. In den ältesten davon (zweites Jahrhundert) wurde der Anker mit solchen Ausdrücken wie tecum pax, pax tibi, in Tempo, gefunden und damit Ausdruck der festen Hoffnung der Autoren dieser Inschriften, dass ihre Freunde in den Himmel aufgenommen worden sind. Wegen seiner großen Bedeutung in der Navigation wurde der Anker in der Antike als Symbol der Sicherheit betrachtet.Bei der Uebernahme des  Ankers als Symbol der Hoffnung auf zukünftige Existenz, gaben die Christen lediglich eine neue, höhere Bedeutung für ein vertrautes Abzeichen.

Es erinnert uns auch daran, dass viele von Jesus Apostel Fischer waren und dass wir beauftragt sind Fischer von Menschen zu sein.

"Wir haben diese Hoffnung wie einen Anker für die Seele, fest und sicher." (Hebräer 6,19)


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And here is the PDF "Anchor" for you to download.

Please do not sell the patterns or the ornaments. If you give them as gifts, please always include the explanation of the symbol.
I would love to hear from all who are using my patterns. It would be nice to know that my efforts are not in vain. You find my email address on the pattern if you have any question about it. Happy to help.

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updated 02/09/2016: 

I am also a lacemaker and am working on what I have dreamed about for quite some time: 
the Chrismons in Lace Series.
This is a design by Brigitte Bellon. She is incredible generous and allowed me to share her pattern here with you for your own personal use "PDF Anchor"

Here is my finished lace for my Advent calendar: 


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