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Front Yard Shrines and Wayside Shrines

We love front yard shrines of every type, no matter how elaborate or simple they are. And sometimes, we love the simplest ones best.

Front Yard ShrinesWe have lots of shrines in our garden. Here is one for  Saint Joseph who holds the Infant Jesus. He presides over our herb garden. Although his back is to our outdoor dining table, he is always present as the patron of our home, the saint who ensures that the work of our hands provides the food that we eat.

Front Yard ShrinesIn the side flower bed, there is an old marble pedestal with a Cross motif that once held a simple white concrete Blessed Mother. She is now in the front yard of the organist I once worked with. A gift when she bought her grandmother’s house.

Front Yard ShrinesIn the backyard tucked under the rose bushes is the small, original white painted concrete Virgin that we purchased when we first bought our home. One thumb is broken off, and so we got her inexpensively. She was all we could afford after the purchase of the home. She once graced a pine tree stump with a little step for a votive candle in the front of the yard but that is gone now.

In another bed of struggling roses is yet another Virgin in her Shrine, and tucked away in a corner is an Infant of Prague I found in a yard sale who is terribly in need of repair.

At the moment, I have my eye on a 5′ tall Our Lady of Grace … if only I can figure out how to move her. Never mind where to put her!

Yes, we probably have too many front and back yard shrines. But … we love them! And so, it seems, do the people who pass by our house and pause a moment to bless themselves.

We hope you enjoy our gallery of shrines.

Keep scrolling down to see them!

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As you look through this collection, we hope you’ll draw inspiration and an understanding of how very much Catholics love our Mother Mary.

You’ll see beautifully designed gardens with classic layouts, broken Virgins that are too well loved to part with, an aged and cracked Virgin Mother so well loved that the owner has knit a little shawl to keep her warm in winter.

There are some classic bathtub Virgins, using an actual bathtub, and one that features an old refrigerator. Some have lights. Some have shells and even swans! But one thing is clear … Catholics honor the Blessed Mother.

Do we have a favorite? We love them all. The one that makes us smile the most is this one. A picnic with the Holy Family. Saint Therese, who was always offering little sacrifices, seems to have stayed away from the table.

Speaking of photos that make you smile, in case you haven’t already seen the now famous newspaper clipping of a baby talking to a garden statue of the Blessed Mother …  here it is. Click to enlarge.

Take the message of this little child to heart. Teach little ones to love the Virgin Mary early in life and they will love her for eternity.

We hope you enjoy these photos and encourage you to share yours with us. Click on the images to enlarge.

My very good friend Emma Grace, who loves to pick flowers from the butterfly bush in our Mary garden.

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I never intended to run a Catholic antiquities and book business. Not in a million years. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up in a house that was filled with Catholic images and sacramentals not to mention an abundance of excellent books provided by family members who worked in publishing houses famous for their Catholic catalogues. The beautiful images and concepts presented in those books certainly had their effect in enhancing my identity as a Catholic. As the years passed, even in the midst of very un-Catholic settings, I became a repository for my friends’ Catholic “found objects.” Eventually, I had a family of my own. We’re a small family. There are just three of us. And two of us were born with the “junk collecting gene.” Garage sales attracted us like a magnet.
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