This statuette depicts Saint Joseph with Doves as he brings the offering of the poor, two turtledoves, to the Temple (Luke 2:21-24). This offering was required by the Mosaic law for legal purification of every mother from the legal “uncleanness” of childbearing. This statuette will be a most appropriate gift for a wedding, wedding anniversary, ordination, ordination anniversary, profession of vows, vow jubilee, and for that special “father” in your own life.
Saint Joseph with Doves – a Splendid Labor of Love, Hope, and Faith
This statue of St. Joseph with Doves is available in two sizes: small (beth4001621 – 7.9 inches) and large (beth4001611 – 15.75 inches high). This piece was hand-carved from wood by cloistered sisters who conceive, create, and hand-finish every statuette in their monastic atelier in Western Europe. Each religious sister prayerfully fulfills a particular task required for the completion of each statuette. Where, how, and by whom the St. Joseph with Doves is made means that this statuette is certainly ”culturally authentic” and a splendid labor of love, hope, and faith!
Saint Joseph of Nazareth – the Model Husband
The St. Joseph with Doves statuette depicts three traits of St. Joseph which were essential to his character and to making it possible for Mary to stay faithful to God’s plan for her: Joseph is just – a just man man who, after discovering that Mary was pregnant from someone else, avoided exposing her to public disgrace (and perhaps even to being stoned to death). Rather, Joseph chose to marry her and to raise with her Jesus as his own child. Joseph is poor. He could only afford the offering of two turtledoves instead of a lamb for a burnt offering and a turtledove for a sin offering. But perhaps instead of calling him “poor”, Joseph is more accurately a “low-income” worker since he was able to make a living and provide for his family as a carpenter or an artisan (tekton) in a trade which he would hand on to Jesus. Finally, Joseph is absolutely dependable. Without Joseph, how would Mary possibly have made her way in such a male-dominated, violent and unjust world? Joseph saved her from public disgrace and, possibly, from stoning; he married her and raised her child as his own; he protected both Jesus and her from all dangers and harm. In other words, Joseph was always there when he was needed. Joseph is then the good husband par excellence – faithful, dependable, hardworking – a good husband and a fulfilled family man.