The Resting Sheep is part of a 16-piece set in the Nativity, Bernardi 16″ Series. You can acquire this piece and the 15 other pieces 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 complete at last and on full 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 world’s finest and most exquisite ever to be carved by hand from wood.
The Nativity, Bernardi 16″ Series, Resting Sheep – A Labor of Love, Hope and Faith
All sixteen pieces of the Bernardi Nativity 16″ Series are carved from wood, hand-painted, and hand-finished in northern Italy in an artisanal workshop. The “Nativity scene” (known in Italy as a presepe or presepio, and as a crèche in France) is a venerable tradition in Italy dating back over 800 years old. After all, the first “nativity scene” ever (and a “living” one at that!) was gathered together 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 touched with his own hands and saw with his own eyes 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 with his “nativity scene” of living persons and animals. Through his living nativity, he invited the faithful onlookers to use their senses of sight, touch, smell, and hearing to deepen their encounter with the Mystery of the Incarnation. The Bernardi Nativity is a spectacular expression of this noble and storied tradition in Italy. As such, this nativity is a “culturally authentic” masterpiece par excellence and a stunning 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 whever it is to be encountered. In Europe, crèches – small and large and in every depiction – are display seemingly everywhere in many public places. May your own home, chapel, church, office, workplace, or school display a crèche of true heirloom-quality – a crèche that celebrates with artistic and theological profundity the one true “reason for the season”! The Resting Sheep with the other 15 pieces makes the entire Bernardi Nativity an heirloom of uncompromising quality which will be displayed prominently for generation after generation to come!
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