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Rock of Ages

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What does the Rock of Ages symbolize?

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Rock of Ages Symbolism

This is a classic tattoo design of nautical origin. It depicts a sailor or a woman kneeling before a cross hewn out of solid stone. The cross and the man's religious belief and faith were meant to last for all time. A man's Christian faith was often referred to as the foundation stone or bedrock upon which a virtuous life was built. This was a carry over from the belief that a house or a building was only as strong as the foundation it was built on. The stone cross became known over time as "The Rock of Ages" or the sailor's cross.

Adapted from Vanishing Tattoo Web Site