This Gate of Heaven Mary Statue statuette vividly depicts Mary as the Porta Caeli – Latin for “Gate of Heaven.” Mary is indeed the Gate of Heaven, since the Eternal Word (Logos) of God became flesh and was born from eternity into our human history through Mary’s womb. This statuette will be a superb gift for a wedding, a wedding anniversary, an ordination, an ordination anniversary, a profession of vows, a vow jubilee, and, of course, Mother’s Day!
Gate of Heaven – An Awe-Inspiring Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
This statuette of the Gate of Heaven stands 8 inches tall and is fashioned from a composite of dolomite stone and resin. A religious community of cloistered sisters conceive, create, and hand-finish each and every statuette in their monastery’s atelier in Western Europe. Each sister prayerfully undertakes a designated task to ensure completion of each statuette. How, by whom, and where the Gate of Heaven is made means that this statuette is most certainly ”culturally authentic” and an awe-inspiring labor of love, faith and hope!
Pervia caeli porta – Mary the “passable Gate of Heaven”
The exquisite hymn Alma redemptoris mater (“Loving mother of our redeemer”) was authored by Herman the Cripple (Hermannus Contractus, 1013-1053) who based the hymn on the writings of Saints Fulgentius, Epiphanius and Irenaeus of Lyon.
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,
natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem.
Loving mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator.