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St. Anthony of Padua, Religious Saint, Artisan Crafted Wooden Saints 3.5" x 3" x 7.5"

3.5" x 3" x 7.5"

    St. Anthony, Religious Saint, Artisan Crafted Wooden Saints 3.5" x 3" x 7.5"

    In the tradition I grew up in, when an item is lost, following the panic which sets in when one realizes they have lost something of value to them, we pray to St. Anthony to help us find the lost item. According to the story, the reason St. Anthony's help is invoked for finding things lost or stolen, Anthony had a book of psalms that was of some importance to him as it contained the notes and comments he had made to use in teaching his students. A novice who had decided to leave the monastery, took the psalms with him. Prior to the invention of the printing press, any book was an item of value. Upon noticing it was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned. The novice was moved to restore the book to Anthony and return to the Order.

    This wooden figure of St. Anthony is hand-carved in family workshops in very tiny villages surrounding Chichicastenango. Kiln-dried wood is shaped using basic hand tools and Machetes; then family members paint the bright designs.

    Feastday: June 13
    Patron of Lost Things
    Birth: 1195
    Death: 1231
    Canonized By: Pope Gregory IX in 1232

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