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Feeling Spirits From Long Ago in Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

 

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Historic Christ Church, Cambridge, Maryland 

Christ Church Cemetery is located at 601 Church Street in historic Cambridge, Maryland.  Some allege the cemetery is haunted. Established in the late 1600’s, Christ Church cemetery is the final resting place for original settlers of Cambridge, veterans of the American Revolutionary War, and veterans of the U.S. Civil War.

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American Revolutionary Graves, Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

When I visit historic cemeteries, I like to bring flowers to place on the graves of civil war veterans. In Christ Church cemetery these graves were hard to find. In contrast, the American Revolutionary veteran graves were easily identifiable with the American flags and DAR markers. I had with me a list of the names of civil war veterans who are buried in the cemetery. When I found several of these graves, I was surprised that there was no indication that the person was a civil war veteran. I got a strong feeling that this history was purposely being hidden. It was common for families in Maryland to have had family members fighting on both sides of the civil war so perhaps this was a painful period that was preferred to be left in the past by the families.

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Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

After laying flowers on several civil war veterans’ graves there was one grave I could not find. I decided to use a method that I’ve been using for years that always works. I call on the spirit of the deceased to guide me to their grave. I explain to them that I am there to visit them and to honor their service in the civil war.  A few seconds following this ritual, it worked. I found the grave of the veteran.

Although the cemetery is rumored to be haunted, I personally believe that spirits of the deceased like being remembered and appreciate being visited.

Feeling the Serenity of the Solstice

Galway Forest
Forest, Galway, Ireland

Feeling the Serenity of the Winter Solstice

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year preceding the gradual return of sunlight.   These photographs represent to me the Winter Solstice based on their shadows and light found in serene, natural places around the world. To see more of my photographs please visit www.JacquelineLaRocca.com

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County Kerry, Ireland
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County Cork, Ireland
Lady Gregorys Ghost
Lady Gregory’s Estate, Galway, Ireland
Navan Fort. County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Navan Fort, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
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Rocks Park, Maryland
black and white photograph of the sun on the Winter Solstice
Sun on the Winter Solstice, Maryland

In Search of Spirits from Long Ago at Navan Fort, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Shadows on Navan Fort, Co, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Shadows on Navan Fort, Co, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Navan Fort “Eamhain Macha” is an ancient monument in County Armagh, Northern Ireland located at 81 Killylea Rd., Armagh BT60 4 LD, Northern Ireland.

Navan Fort “Eamhain Macha” was a royal, ceremonial site that existed from 700 BC to 100 BC. Navan Fort was founded by Queen Macha, a beautiful Celtic warrior queen with golden hair.  During her reign, Navan Fort  was the royal capital of Ulster.  The original site was circular and spanned 16 acres.  The site is also associated with the ancient Celtic warrior Cuchulainn.  In 332 AD the site was destroyed by fire, presumably the result of religious conflict between Pagans and Christians.  What remains today is a large, grass covered mound where visitors can feel the ancient spirits from long ago.

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Tree at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh
Tree at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh
Steps at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh, Northern, Ireland
Steps at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh, Northern, Ireland

In Search of Spirits from Long Ago In Ireland Cemeteries

Irish famine cemetery in Co. Cork, Ireland
Irish famine cemetery in Co. Cork, Ireland
Cemetery in Galway, Ireland
Cemetery in Galway, Ireland

 

Infrared photograph of Irish famine cemetery in Co. Cork, Ireland
Infrared photograph of Irish famine cemetery in Co. Cork, Ireland

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St. Michael the Archangel, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast

A prayer to St. Michael
Statue of St. Michael the Archangel, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Photo taken of a statue of St. Michael the Archangel in Milltown cemetery, in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Milltown is a historic, predominately Irish Catholic cemetery filled with Irish Republican casualties from the “Troubles.”

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,

O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God.

Thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,

Who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls

Amen.

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Angels Watching Over Me

Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel

 

All night, all day, angels watching over me, my Lord.

All night, all day, angels watching over me.

Now I lay me down to sleep.

Angels watching over me, my Lord.

 

Angel at St. Mary's Church
Angel at St. Mary’s Church

 

Pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Angels watching over me.

Lord, stay with me through the night.

Angels watching over me, my Lord.

Flower Child Angel
Flower Child Angel

Lord, stay with me through the night.

Angels watching over me, my Lord.

Wake me with the morning light.

Angels watching over me.

Lyrics by: McCoy, Otis Leon. (February 17, 1897–?).

 

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