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Statues

Statues

St. Peter Church contains several beautiful statues and sculptures within the church and its grounds.  These statues serve to honor saints important to the people of St. Peter Parish.

 

Crucifix
The crucifix hanging in the sanctuary is the most prominent sculpture in St. Peter Church.  This life-size wooden sculpture depicts Jesus' final moments on the cross.

 

       

Blessed Virgin Mary
Located above the side altar to the left of the sanctuary, the statue of the Blessed Virgin is sculpted out of marble.  She is depicted standing on a snake, a symbol of Mary's role as the "New Eve" through whom God redeemed mankind from the original sin of Adam and Eve.  At the foot of the sculpture is a mosaic depicting three roses, symbolic of Mary's purity and Immaculate Conception.

 

       

St. Joseph
Located above the side altar to the right of the sanctuary, the statue of St. Joseph is sculpted out of marble.  He is depicted holding a lily, representative of the legend of how he came to be Mary's spouse.  According to the legend, the high priest Zechariah was instructed to assemble marriageable men and have them leave their staffs in the temple overnight.  God would reveal through a sign which man was to be the husband of Mary.  The following morning, Joseph's staff had grown flowers and, thus, he became Mary's husband.  The altar beneath Joseph's statue also contains a mosaic of carpentry tools, another traditional symbol of St. Joseph.

 

 

St. Peter
St. Peter Church is blessed with two statues of St. Peter, the patron of the parish.  The first is located in the shrine to the right of the sanctuary.  This marble statue depicts St. Peter holding the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, a symbol of his authority as the first leader of the Church.  The second is in front of the Fr. Welch Hall at the corner of Market and Pine Streets.  This statue also shows Peter holding the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and is surrounded by a beautiful flower bed.

 

 

St. Paul
The statue of St. Paul is located in the shrine to the left of the sanctuary.  This marble statue depicts St. Paul holding a sword, representative of both his time spent as a soldier before his conversion and his role as a soldier for Christ following his conversion.

 

 

Infant Jesus of Prague 
Located in the niche to the left of the sanctuary is a replica of the Infant Jesus of Prague.  The original stands in Our Lady of Victory Church in Prague, Czech Republic.  There are many legends and traditions regarding this statue among them that it originally belonged to St. Teresa of Avila and was brought to Prague by a Spanish noblewoman in the 16th century.  Many blessings and miracles have been attributed to the statue.

 

St. Joan of Arc
The statue of St. Joan of Arc stands on New St. behind St. Peter Church.  This monument depicts St. Joan in full battle armor holding a flag and serves as a memorial to those members of St. Peter Parish who fought in World War I.  By depicting St. Joan in this memorial, the creators honored both the heroism of the men who served and the French origins of the parish.