Field Guide


From the earliest times, the crown has been a symbol of victory, leadership, and distinction. Eventually it became a symbol of royalty. The Pope wears a triple crown (tiara), a symbol of his triple royalty ( supreme pastor, supreme teacher and supreme priest) and of the Trinity. Crowns are often used as attributes of a variety of saints to denote they were either a martyr or of royal blood. The most often depicted crown in Christian symbolism is Christ's crown of thorns.

Cross with Crown

The cross with a crown is a Christian symbol of the sovereignty of the Lord. When the crown is combined with a cross, the crown means victory and the cross means Christianity. The cross with a crown also denotes a member of the York Rite Masons. As with all types of crowns used by the Masons, it symbolizes authority to lead or command.

Taken from Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography written and photographed by Douglas Keister, published by Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City, 2004.