Rest in peace RIP
(Latin: Requiescat in pace RIP) is a short epitaph or idiomatic expression wishing eternal rest and peace to someone who has died. The expression typically appears on headstones, often abbreviated as “RIP” or “R.I.P.”
The phrase dormit in pace (English: “he sleeps in peace”) was found in the catacombs of the early Christians and indicated that “they died in the peace of the Church, that is, united in Christ.”
The epitaph R.I.P. on a headstone in a churchyard of Donostia-San Sebastián.
The acronym R.I.P., meaning “rest in peace”, continues to be engraved on the gravestones of Christians from several denominations, especially the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Anglican Church.
Its origins are found in Hebrew in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible in the Book of Isaiah chapter 57 verse 2: ” Those who walk uprightly enter peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” (New International Version)