Patron Saint Retablos Plaque - San Jose

Patron Saint Retablos Plaque - San Jose
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About the San José Retablo Plaque

Long a popular folk art form in colonial Spanish and Mexican culture, retablos are devotional paintings depicting divine icons and symbols, particularly Catholic patron saints. Chosen as representations and guardians of particular occupations and life situations, patron saints are often turned to in times of need or to express gratitude for a blessing. Displayed in homes to honor the saint or given as gifts of fortune and inspiration, retablos reflect a beloved historical tradition and cultural artistry.

Made by hand in New Mexico, this retablo plaque honors San José (Saint Joseph). An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon hand-carved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging on the wall and a short story of the saint's life:

San Jose (Joseph) is celebrated as the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, workers, and happy deaths. Joseph was descended from the royal line of David, from which it was said the Messiah would come. Though we know little of Joseph from the gospels, we can assume he was a good, loving, and pious man - it was he God had chosen to be Jesus' earthly father, protector, and guide. The young Jesus learned from Joseph's example. When Joseph learned that Mary was with child he was deeply disturbed until an angel came to speak to him. An angel also urged him to take the Holy Family into Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod, who was murdering all boys in Bethlehem. Jesus was thought to be at Joseph's side on his deathbed. Thus, Joseph is also the patron of happy deaths. In some parts of the world it is traditional to bury a picture or statue of Joseph upside down when one wishes to sell a house.
'San José, Christ's earthly father, may I learn from your example of love and faith. I humbly ask for your assistance with my task. My Gratitude will be forever yours.'

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~ Handmade in the USA ~

size: 3.5" wide x 6.5" high x 0.75" thick
weight: 5 oz.
materials: wood
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