The Rock of Ages tombstone inscription is usually depicted as a woman clinging to a cross, symbolizing faith. She is in a turbulent sea of waves and is clinging to the cross to be saved. One’s soul is lost in the sea of sin and the only hope is to cling to the Cross of Christ.
This symbol is usually associated with verses from the hymn Rock of Ages Cleft for Me or To the Cross I Cling. It can also be associated with verse “I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross.” from the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross.
Sometimes the words Rock of Ages are with the inscription. Columns, symbolizing the entrance to Heaven, may be inscribed on either side of the symbol, too. The guiding star shows the way to heaven.
Other verses or poems are often seen with this inscription.
The Rock of Ages inscriptions below are a reverse color combination and stand side by side in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga. One with a dark cross, the other a white cross.
This tombstone has obviously been embellished with paint, but shows the image very well.