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Hand made Religious Statues from the Rosary Workshop
RELIGIOUS STATUES
beautiful works of art for your heart and soul


ANNUNCIATION

FRANCIS

GATE / HEAVEN

ECCE HOMO

BENEDICT
  
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RELIGIOUS STATUES

HAND FINISHED BY SISTERS OF BETHLEHEM
Rare and beautiful religious statues from the Sisters of Bethlehem of Mougeres France.  Each one is a treasured lifetime gift for the one who receives it. Each one is hand painted and hand finished by the sisters in France. Each one symbolizes simplicity in their spiritul life with rough textured clothing yet faces so soft! Visual reminders of favorite saints!

 
The Monastère de Bethléem
The Community of Bethlehem had its humble beginnings in a French stable over 50 years ago. Because of this, the sisters named their new monastery 'Bethlehem'  They chose St. Bruno of Cologne as their spiritual Father and took on the Gospel of silence and solitude as their spiritual focus.
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Each of these beautiful statues is handmade by the sisters in the monastery of Mougeres France. They use a local dolomite stone from the Pyrenees in the south of France.  It is crushed then resin is added so the stone may be cast. The wonderful thing about this stone, once reconstituted is that it takes on a rare patina when painted or may be left in its more natural ivoried matte state. Along with these wonderful statues, they also are known for their beautiful crèches and jewelry.

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WHY STATUES?
Why do Catholics have statues? Why Do Orthodox Churches have Icons of Christ, Mary and the saints? Read below.




~ ANNUNCIATION ~
dolomite stone and resin
ANNUNICATION 
of MARY
by the Sisters of Bethlehem

6.5 inches:  A precious reminder of Mary, submissive to the words of the visiting Angel Gabriel in Luke 1-28:

 + "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." 30 --- "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. --- She replied: 38 "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. 

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~ ST BERNADETTE ~
dolomite stone and resin
SAINT BERNADETTE
by the Sisters of Bethlehem

4 inches:  St Bernadette of Lourdes sits with two lambs as she prays her daily rosary.

Bernadette and her little sister and a friend were sent to collect firewood when  a very beautiful Lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle. She was dressed in blue and white and smiled at Bernadette, then made the sign of the cross. She held a rosary of ivory and gold. 

Bernadette fell on her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray the rosary. (Thursday, February 11, 1858)

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 ~ ST BENEDICT of  NURSEA  ~
polychrome
dolomite stone / resin
SAINT BENEDICT 
of NURSIA
by the Sisters of Bethlehem

9 inches:  (born in Nursia, Italy c. 480 - died c. 547)  He founded the monastery (Monte Cassino) that became the roots of the Church's monastic system. Instead of founding small separate communities he gathered his disciples into one whole community. Strong believer in the word of God.

"Christ may bring us all together to life eternal" He was canonized in 1220.

Exorcism words on Benedict Medal: 
'The Holy Cross by my light. Let not the dragon be my guide. In the angels of the cross. Begone satan do not suggest to me thy vanities. Evil are the things thou profferest. Drink thou thy own poison.

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~ GATE of HEAVEN ~
dolomite stone and resin
GATE of HEAVEN
by the Sisters of Bethlehem

8 inches - One of the titles given to Mary in the Litany, because she gave birth to the one who is.  'May we feel her intercession for us before You in heavenly glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.' (Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15) 

+ John 10:10: Jesus says: I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 

+ Proverbs 8:34: Happy the man watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts; 35 For he who finds me finds life, and wins favor from the LORD; 36 But he who misses me harms himself; all who hate me love death." 

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 ~ ECCE HOMO  ~
dolomite stone and resin
ECCE HOMO
by the Sisters of Bethlehem

9 inches: Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) A seated Jesus with head bowed, crowned in thorns and dressed in a robe to symbolize kingship. He holds a sceptre of wood.

+ 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And he said to them, "Behold, the man!" 
 

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~ SAINT FRANCIS ~
dolomite stone and resin
SAINT FRANCIS of ASSISI
by the Sisters of Bethlehem

11 inches tall - Carrying the simplicty of St Francis by wearing a roughly woven brown robe tied with a Franciscan cord around his waist and a dove on his arm, this little statue reminds us of the  uncluttered life we are all called to live. He wears the stigmata, the wounds of Christ on his hands and sandaled feet. One hand over his heart, the other open in a giving sign that means, 'thank you'. 

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~ WHY STATUES? WHY ICONS? ~
DO CATHOLICS WORSHIP STATUES?
Well, thats what I heard as a Protestant - And here is another one "Do Orthodox Churches use Icons for idol worship?"  As a protestant, I believed this was true and that Catholics really were "Idol Worshippers"! Why would they do that? Why would they worship Mary over Jesus? Now that I am Catholic I know that is not true, that Mary intercedes, asks her Son for us, like any good friend we might ask to pray for us." But I know that many still do not understand!
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There is so much richness in these sacramentals that one hates to see that this misunderstanding is still a sincere part of the hearts of many. No, Catholics are not to worship statues or Icons. They are simple reminders of a loving God and his family. How does one explain this to others?
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VISUAL AIDS AND THE ARTS
I believe one of the most beautiful explanation, was while touring the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, the church of the Holy Father. Huge statues line either side of the main part of the basilica leading up to the altar. The tour guide asked us to remember, the people of this period had no books, no media to teach them about famous people in the church so these statues are reminders, teachers if you will, visual aids - not unlike the statues we see in our own National Capitol in Washington DC. No, statues are not there to be worshipped, only to remind us of ways we can, not imitate their gifts and virtues but to lead lives of virtue by developing our own gifts given by God himself.



ROSARY WORKSHOP
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Our vision is to provide the finest handmade rosaries, chaplets and other fine religious art forms for personal worship we can make using the best supplies available.  The Guild believes the work of our hands should give visual Glory to God, therefore for us, the best for you is very, very important.

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WHY STATUES?
Why do Catholics have statues? Why Do Orthodox Churches have Icons of Christ, Mary and the saints? Read below.
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