What is the Child Jesus holding?


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We recently purchased a picture of St. Joseph holding the child Jesus. Jesus is holding a blue, round-shaped object. It has a cross on top of it. The object is common in similar pictures that I have seen. Do you know what the object is and what the meaning of it is?

Incidentally, St. Joseph is holding a lily, which I believe signifies peace. Is this correct?


#2

[quote=kaj3]Jesus is holding a blue, round-shaped object. It has a cross on top of it. Do you know what the object is and what the meaning of it is?
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Without seeing it myself, all I can say is that it sounds like a globe. If so, the cross on top of the globe may symbolize humanity redeemed by the cross of Christ.

[quote=kaj3]Incidentally, St. Joseph is holding a lily, which I believe signifies peace. Is this correct?
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Actually, it symbolizes purity. It is a reference to the fact that Mary and Joseph’s marriage was one of celibate chastity. The lily is also a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary and recalls her titles Lily of the Valley and Spotless Lily that brought forth Christ the Unfading Rose.


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