The Elderly Shepherdess is part of the Nativity, Bernardi 4″ Series which depicts the mystery of the Incarnation on Christmas night. Fashioned with faith, this is one of the very finest wooden Nativities ever carved by hand. This exquisite piece is part of a 80-piece nativity set. After acquiring the Holy Family and the three Kings, you can then keep adding to your Bernardi Nativity year by year, whether as a gift for your own or another family, or as a donation for your church. Eventually you will be able to display your marvelous Bernardi Nativity in its entirety during the Advent and Christmas seasons in your home, church, office, or workplace!
The Nativity, Bernardi 4″ Series, Elderly Shepherdess – A Labor of Love, Hope and Faith
All eighty pieces of the 4-inch Bernardi Nativity are carved and painted by hand in a workshop in Northern Italy. The Nativity scene – known as a presepe or presepio in Italy (and a crèche in France) – is truly an original Italian tradition. After all, the first nativity scene (a “living” one) was created in 1223 by an Italian who is now the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assisi (go to History/Story tab). Saint Francis had visited the Holy Land where he saw with his own eyes and touched with his own hands Jesus’ traditional birthplace in the cave below the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Saint Francis recreated the scene of Christ’s birth with living persons and animals for others to further and intensify their worship of Christ by engaging their senses of sight, smell, touch, and hearing. The Bernardi Nativity is then a continuation of a long and esteemed Italian tradition and is, then, as “culturally authentic” as it gets – truly a genuine labor of love, faith and hope!
The Bernardi Nativity – A True Heirloom Nativity for Generations to Come
Every Christmas season the 4-inch Bernardi Nativity will radiate beauty, serenity, and depth everywhere where families, friends, and persons of faith gather. In Europe during every Christmas season, crèches of every size are on display in many public places. May your own home, office, workplace, school and church be gifted with an heirloom-quality crèche such as this, a crèche which bespeaks with theological and artistic profundity the one and only “reason for the season”! This Elderly Shepherdess with the entire Bernardi Nativity is a gift of lasting heirloom quality that will cherished and displayed prominently for generations to come!
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