St. Ernest/Ernst 18" Benedictine Abbot Saints Religious Catholic Christian Statues


- Born: 1116, Steißlingen, Germany

- Died: November 7, 1148, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

- Major shrine: Zwiefalten Abbey

- Feast: November 7

- (He could be the patron saint of stomach ailments since he was drawn & quartered)

Saint Ernest (died 1148) was the abbot of the Benedictine Zwiefalten Abbey at Zwiefalten, Germany from 1141 to 1146. He participated in the Second Crusade fought by Christians between 1146 and 1149 to defend the Holy Land following the Turkish atabeg Zengi's capture of the strategically important city of Edessa in 1144.

Ernest is a Germanic name meaning severe. Not much is known about Saint Ernest's life. He was born of a noble family in Steisslingen, Germany, and along with his two brothers became important patrons of reformed monasteries in Swabia. How and when Ernst entered the religious life is not clear. A donation to Zwiefalten by the three brothers from 1131 suggests they might have taken monastic vows as early as that time, while the later Vita Ernusti claims he was a child oblate. Because the Hirsau rule, which Zwiefalten followed, did not permit child oblates, this later tradition is likely invented.

When St. Bernard called for participation in the Second Crusade to defend the Latin Kingdom and roll back Zengi's advances in Syria, the German king Conrad III, along with many other nobles and churchmen, including Ernest, responded. Ernest attached himself to a contingent of pilgrims and fighters led by the king's brother, bishop Otto of Freising. The crusade was not successful. The German armies suffered massive attrition on their march through Asia Minor and those few who did make it to join the other Crusader forces led by the French king Louis VII in the Holy Land eventually retreated from an ill-considered siege of Damascus in July 1148 and returned home in ignominy. Otto of Freising's group progressed along the southwestern coastal route across Anatolia from Ephesus to Laodicia before making for the coast and securing naval passage to Antioch. They suffered nearly the whole way from severe hunger and other deprivations, including ambushes by Turkish forces in which numerous Christians were taken prisoner or killed.

This statue features a magnificent hand painted face and details such as fingernails and eyelashes, white cloth/material cappa at the mid/lower area of statue. St. Ernest/Ernst holds a palm frond in his left hand and a crozier in his right hand. We could also make a golden/beaded halo for the statue.

All our statues are handmade in the USA and made to order. Please allow 4-7 weeks for us to make and ship your statue.

About us

Heavenly Saints is a Roman Catholic Lay Apostolate for the Saints inspired by our Blessed Mother Mary, and under her patronage as Our Mother of Good Counsel, together with Saint John Neumann, Saint Rita of Cascia and Saint Damien deVeuster of Molokai.

What Sets Heavenly Saints Statues Apart?

• TECHNIQUE - Hand painted with fine brushes and artist pencils for sharp lines of demarcation, not air brushed with blurred overlapping colors.

• COLORIZATION -Painted in a wide variety of lovely pastels and soft tones, not harsh primary colors.

• FACES - Not afraid to show close-up highly detailed photos of tour statues faces. Proprietary painting and finishing techniques in producing stunning life-like faces and eyes.

• ADORNMENT -Hand makes all of its adornments such as tiny rosary beads, cloth veils, golden halos, flowers, cloth cloaks and more for its statues as appropriate.

• IMPRINTS - Feast and name of statue imprinted on the base . Veneration includes remembering and honoring the feast day.

• WORKSHOP - Not mass produced or imported from China, South Korea or Hong Kong. All statues individually hand crafted, painted and adorned in-house at the time of order by our own artisans.

• EXCLUSIVE - Available only through us, not catalogs or stores.

• FINISHES - Protected and enhanced with several layers of matte and sating clear coats.

• PRODUCTION - Cast and embellished on site with sculpting clay and hi-grade plaster.

• FOCUS - Heavenly Saints only makes religious statues - you’ll never see birdbaths, buddahs, gargoyles, gnomes, fountains, etc.

• INSPIRATION - Statues made during conditions of prayer and fasting in workshop in midst of 750 first class saint relics.

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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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We will replace your statue only in the unlikely event that it arrives broken or otherwise damaged during the shipping and delivery process. You will return the damaged statue to us (at our expense). After it arrives and we confirm the damage we will make another statue of the same personage and size and ship it to you as a replacement with no additional expense to you. There is a 15 day return policy for PLASTER STATUES only. Buyer has to pay for the shipping.

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