The Our Lady of Advent statue is an exquisite depiction of a pregnant Mary, the very symbol of Advent, the season of prayerful preparation and hopeful, excited expectation. The halo around her head with the Holy Spirit (in the form of a dove) signifies that Mary has conceived her child while still a virgin through God’s miraculous intervention (Luke: 1:26-38). This statue will be the perfect addition to that very special chapel. It will also be a beautiful gift for a wedding or wedding anniversary, and, of course, for Mother’s Day.
Our Lady of Advent–A Lavish Labor of Love, Hope, and Faith
This statue of Our Lady of Advent is 20.5 inches high and marvelously fashioned from dolomite stone and resin. A community of cloistered sisters conceives, handcrafts and hand-finishes each and every statue in the atelier of their monastery in France. Each sister, a true contemplative in action, prayerfully fulfills an assigned task crucial to the completion of every piece.
Our Lady of Advent–Icon of the “Womb-Love” of God for God’s People
Our Lady of Advent waits in prayerful anticipation for the birth of the child growing inside her womb. She loves her unborn child with the fierce and burning love which only mothers (expectant and actual) know: “Womb-love.” Mary’s love for her unborn child is the love of every mother for her child—and the same fierce, maternal love which God has for God’s people. The Hebrew word rachamim (רחמים—the plural of the word for “womb” – רָ֫חֶם – rechem)—translates as “bowels, tender mercies, love, and pity.” This is that intense, literally visceral “womb-love” which a mother has for the child she is nurturing (or has nurtured) in her womb. Used in reference to God, rachamim speaks of God’s “womb-love” par excellence for God’s people: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15).