This Saint Joseph statue is part of the Dolomite Nativity series, a French nativity set. It is a gift of the earth, born of local dolomite stone. It is hand-crafted in a monastery, where each sister takes the statue into her individual hermitage to perform one of the creative tasks necessary to bring about this beautiful work of art. This piece is suffused with the profound spirituality of the many sisters who delicately wrought it by hand. During this work each sister is asked to accompany and bless each piece with contemplative prayer. This figure is about 4 inches in height.
A Nativity Set Hand-Crafted and Blessed by Monastics
The deep spirituality in the pieces that comprise this nativity set is obvious from the moment you hold one of these breathtaking figures in your hands. The look of peace on the faces of each of the characters is truly beyond words, and could only be borne of the heart of those who truly know the peace of God. A nativity should be the centerpiece of your family’s Christmas; so instead of purchasing something mass-produced without a thought to the spirit, consider getting an heirloom-quality nativity that will endear itself as soon as you lay eyes upon it, and which will stay in your family for generations on end, surprising each successive generation with the peace and joy it radiates.
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To see the Dolomite white series, which is identical to this series, but with all figures dressed in white, click here.
“Joseph, Take Your Mary”
This Saint Joseph, Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is part of a unique nativity from a monastic community in Europe. Radiating a serene and holy beauty, it invites into the mystery of the nativity and the presence of St. Joseph among us as well as his loving presence to Mary and Jesus. The French translation of the Bible reads: “Joseph, take your Mary…..”; this speaks volumes to the protection and love Joseph provided to Mary as she began walking a new path that was unimaginable even months before.
Nativity collectors will find this Dolomite Nativity very precious because of it’s prayerful and contemplative ambiance. It also lends itself to transform homes, schools, offices and all places where people gather with friends and family to celebrate the sacred season of Christmas. The presence of a nativity scene lends a unique, purposeful depth to such gathering.
May every Christian home be graced and blessed by a nativity set that bespeaks our faith well, with theological and artistic honesty.