Sunday, April 18, 2010

The stone ship

In the northwest corner of the grounds of St. Ann's Academy rests a curious pile of stone and iron.
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It takes a few minutes to realize that this is not a haphazard pile of rocks but is in fact a ship. A ship of stone.The ship (bark or barque, barchetta) has been a symbol of the Christian church since the first century. It represents the Church tossed on the sea of disbelief, worldliness, and persecution but finally reaching safe harbor with its cargo of human souls.Saint Anne, on whose Academy grounds this stone ship rests, is the patron Saint of among other places, Canada.

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