Temple of the Sagrada Familia: The Nativity Facade--page 4 (of four pages)

Antoni Gaudí

The Faith Portico

A side portico, to the right

This portico is dedicated to Faith, one of the theological virtues, and to Mary, as maximum exponent of that virtue.

The heart of Jesus, above the entrance door, with thorns and mystic bees;
Saint John, Jesus, and Zachariah, the father of the Baptist, prophetically writing the name of John


The presentation in the Temple with Jesus in the arms of Simon (sculptor: Llorenc Matamala i Pinol)

Following Jewish Law, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple the fortieth day from his birth. According to the Biblical account, the priest Simeon had been visited by the Holy Spirit and told that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Christ. On taking Jesus into his arms he uttered a prayer and blessed the baby Jesus. The offering of Mary and Joseph, the pair of doves or two young pigeons, is represented below the figures.

The Visitation (sculptor: Llorenc Matamala i Pinol)

Mary has come to tell Elizabeth of her pregnancy while Elizabeth, despite being old, is also pregnant and will bear John the Baptist.

Joseph and Mary on the left, looking with adoration and amazement toward their twelve year old son, (seated above the entrance door) who is speaking wisely with the priests of the Temple; Jesus working in the carpenter's shop

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Work cited: Josep Maria Carandell. El Temple de la Sagrada Familia. Sant LLuís: Triangle Postals S. L., 1997.
Anonymous. The Expiatory Temple of Sagrada Familia. Dos de Arte Ediciones. Guias Visuales. n.d.

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