The Grazing Sheep is one piece of a larger 16-piece set in the Nativity, Bernardi 16″ Series. You can acquire this piece and the other 15 for your Bernardi Nativity all at once or one at a time, year after year, whether as a gift for your own family, or as a most generous gift for your church or chapel. One day your Bernardi Nativity will be entire at last and on display during the Advent and Christmas seasons in your home, office, church, chapel, or workplace. Fashioned with faith, the Bernardi Nativity is one of the finest and most exquisite ever to be carved from wood by hand.
The Nativity, Bernardi 16″ Series, Grazing Sheep – A Labor of Love, Hope and Faith
All 16 pieces of the Bernardi Nativity 16″ Series are carved from wood, then hand-painted, and finally hand-finished in an artisanal workshop in northern Italy. The “Nativity scene” (known in Italy as a presepe or presepio, and as a crèche in France) is a venerable Italian tradition dating back over 800 years old. After all, the very first “nativity scene” (and a “living” one at that!) was fashioned in 1223 by an Italian (and now patron saint of Italy) – Saint Francis of Assisi (go to History/Story tab). While in the Holy Land on pilgrimage, St. Francis beheld with his own eyes and touched with his own hands the very spot in the cave below the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where over 1,200 years ago Mary (according to tradition) gave birth to Jesus. Saint Francis relived the original holy night of Jesus’ birth through his “nativity scene” of living persons and animals. With his living nativity, he invited the faithful spectators to use their senses of sight, touch, smell, and hearing to enter more deeply into their encounter with the Mystery of the Incarnation. The Bernardi Nativity is a vivid expression of this noble and storied tradition in Italy. As such, this nativity is a “culturally authentic” masterpiece without equal and a glorious labor of love, faith and hope!
The Bernardi Nativity – An Exquisite Heirloom Gift for Generation after Generation to Come
Every Christmas season, the 16-inch Bernardi Nativity will radiate serenity, depth, and beauty to all who behold it. In many public places of Europe, crèches – small and large and in every depiction – will be on display. May your own home, chapel, church, school, office, or workplace be blessed with a crèche of true heirloom-quality – a crèche that articulates with artistic and theological profundity the one true “reason for the season”! The Grazing Sheep and the other 15 pieces make the entire Bernardi Nativity an heirloom of exquisite quality which will be on display prominently for generation after generation to come!
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