The Bethlehem Handicrafts family wishes you a Happy Labor's Day! On this Labor's day let's remind ourselves the Patron of Workers. In 1955 Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker". At Bethlehem Handicrafts we believe that International Workers' Day (or Labor's Day) reflects Joseph's status as the patron of workers.
Notice the flowing lines of the robe and the superb proportions of this statue of Saint Joseph the Patron of Workers. This statue is a great addition anywhere and especially in Christian workplaces. It’ll be a constant reminder for the workers to regard their work as an instrument of sanctification and a means of growing in holiness.
Under the patronage of Saint Joseph, the craftsmen of Bethlehem carve a variety of olive wood statuettes from carefully aged and dried olive-wood found in Bethlehem, the Holy Land.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord, and not for yourselves. Remember that the Lord will reward you; you will receive what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real master you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24).
One of the most important holy sites in Nazareth, which is located in the hills in the center of the Galilee, is St. Joseph’s Church.
St. Joseph’s Church is located adjacent and north to the Basilica. It is built according to early traditions over St. Joseph’s carpenter workshop, and later on redefined as the house of the holy family and Virgin’s Fountain, where it is said that the virgin washed the swaddling clothes of our Lord.
On this Labor's Day, we celebrate our humble, creative, and hardworking artisans. Every item bought from our website makes a change to the better to the lives of the Christian artisans in Bethlehem, helps us to advance the socioeconomic development within the Christian community in the Holy Land, and preserves the existence of the olive wood artisan trade in Palestine.
Explore our new olive wood statues of images of Jesus inspired by the Gospels, and the imagination of our craftsmen. Remember that Christ was a carpenter who undoubtedly worked with olive wood!
1) Olive Wood Crucifixion Statue with Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and St. John
Romans 5:8 "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
2) Carved Olive Wood Bust of Jesus’ Head
"Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." Luke 15:4-7.
4) Wooden Carved Jesus Washing the Feet's Statue
This precious olive wood carving from Bethlehem is crafted with utmost of skill and faith, which represents the master Jesus Christ kneeling in humble service to wash the feet of his apostles commanding us to do the same out of love for our neighbor. These olive wood sculptures make a unique and thought provoking addition to your home. The unique forms convey the Christian faith by way of very recognizable symbols.
“Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him” John 13:16
5) Carved Olive Wood Divine Mercy's Statue
This wood statue represents Jesus Christ blessing his people for he is merciful, patient, loving and caring. This Handmade olive wood carved statue is made especially for you in Bethlehem, it reminds us to trust the Lord Jesus Christ because he is loving and forgives our sins. Bethlehem Handicrafts’ artisans carefully carved this carved wooden statue from olive trees in holy land.
We, the Bethlehem Handicrafts’ team, are so proud to put the Holy Land in your hand by giving you a variety of the best and the most outstanding original Bethlehem’s olive wood carvings with the best quality made in the Holy Land.