These alabaster bookends feature Mary Thrice Admirable, patroness of the Schoenstatt Movement. Able to keep heavy books in line, they both organize and decorate your home.
Schoenstatt means "beautiful place." The Schoenstatt movement is a Marian movement that originated in Bavaria, Germany, and has since spread all over the world. The movement emphasizes a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, upholding her as a perfect example of love and purity. It also calls its members to make a Covenant of Love with God the Father, giving their entire lives to Him. Mary is the primary example of such humility.
The title Mother Thrice Admirable, or "Mater ter Admirabilis" in Latin, is found in the Litany of Loreto and is widely used to refer to the Blessed Virgin Mary within the movement. The meaning of the title is multi-valent: Mother of God, Mother of Christ, Mother of all human beings; she is admirable in faith, hope and charity; she was virgin before, in and after the birth of Christ; Child of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
The bookends are made from stone-cast alabaster here in our shop in Steubenville, Ohio. Alabaster is a building and decorating material created from the mineral gypsum that has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. It boasts an attractive smooth finish and will last for years to come.
Each measures roughly 6" x 8", including the 4"x 6" inset image plaque, and is 3" deep.
Mother Thrice Admirable, Mother of grace, teach us your enemies bravely to face,
Never regarding their number and might, spreading your love over the earth's dark night,
So that the world through you made new, pay to your son His homage due.
Mother with your child divine, make our country wholly thine.
Help that it will never cease to follow you and gain God's peace.
Mother and child united in love, will restore it in grace from above."