St. Joseph leans in, filled with awe and joy at the Child Jesus. The Messiah, finally here on Earth. His hands folded in adoration, and down on one knee, his posture springs up, out, and around, crashing back down on Jesus. He wears green for his fidelity to God, and is covered in the brown of humility and poverty, and as a symbol of carpentry.
Our Lady, filled with a peaceful joy, sits and supports Jesus in her lap as she covers Him in her mantle, blue for divinity and heaven. Traditionally Mary wears red and blue for her humanity (red) was covered in the divinity of God (blue) and here the sacred wrapping comes under Jesus and then loops around her body, flowing up and down, back and forth, and crashing back in on Jesus. Her veil is white in symbolism of her purity and perpetual virginity. It also creates a steppingstone between the shining star of Bethlehem and the small, swaddled, body of Our Lord.
Jesus sleeps, head resting on His little hand. Completely safe and secure.
Painted as a comission for the Discalced Carmelite monks of San Jose, CA for the holy card of their annual benefit dinner, Joseph resembles the statue of St. Joseph the monks processed up the hill when they first built the monastery. They are currently planning on building a shrine to St. Joseph, and their benefit theme was St. Joseph: Leading us into New Life.
To learn more about the order, you can visit their website here. 10% of the proceeds from specifically this painting will be donated to the order, instead of my usual tithing locations.
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