St. John of the Cross Parish is home to a special prayer garden called the Garden of Mary, Mother of Jesus. Dedicated in 2007 on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25), the focal point of our garden is a beautiful statue of a young Mary at the Annunciation.
Created from pure Carrara marble in Pietrasanta, a small town located on a mountainside near Carrara, Italy, the statue depicts Mary, who confronted with life-changing news, finds it in herself to accept, without necessarily understanding, the will of God. Mary has one hand over her heart and the other over her womb, physically symbolizing where she had to accept the will of God—in her heart and womb.
Last summer, working with DaPrato Rigali and a team of parishioners, our parish commissioned sculptor, Noel Winn, to create a replica of our Mother of Jesus statue. Handmade by Noel in his studio, each cold cast statue is made from Carrara marble and other materials. The statue stands 18 inches tall. It is recommended that it be placed indoors to preserve its coloring and natural beauty.
A limited number of statues will be available for sale for $150. To order, drop off an envelope with your contact info at the parish center with a check for $150 to SJC or place your order online below. Each statue will come in a box with a prayer card.
To read more about our garden and statue, the original prayer book from the garden dedication can also be found below, along with photos of Noel in his studio making our Mary statue and some of his other projects.
It was Mary’s complete surrender to God’s will throughout her entire life that encourages our devotion to her as our role model. She alone among creatures united herself most perfectly, body and soul, to the Son of God and her Son. It is when we are faced with challenges or perhaps shaken by what God has asked us to do, to accept or to suffer in our lives that we turn in prayer for inspiration to our heavenly Mother. Mary Mother of God pray for us.