Our name, Living Nazareth, comes from our desire to provide for students and families the same kind of formative setting as that enjoyed by the Holy Family at Nazareth and to adopt an outlook on education and formation that most closely resembles their own. It was largely inspired by a reading in the Office of Readings for the feast of the Holy Family which is available on our home page.
Our motto, Sicut in caelo et in terra ("On earth as it is in Heaven"), is taken from the Our Father, the only prayer Our Lord taught us with His own lips. It is a reminder to us all that our goal is to live here below in such a way as to imitate the saints and angels above.
Our logo, in addition to containing our motto and school name, pictures in the center the Holy Family, patrons of our school. In this image, we have St. Joseph looking at and embracing Our Blessed Mother who in turn looks to Our Lord. So too should our students look towards and embrace their dear Mother and be drawn by her devotion to Our Lord to give their hearts entirely to Him as she did. In this way and by these means, men's hearts are drawn from earth to Heaven, from shame to glory, from darkness to light, from death to life. This is signified by the golden orb standing above the dark ring of the logo which symbolizes the world. Here also we see the Cross as above the world because by it Our Lord conquered the world and became victor over it and by it we too shall share in that victory. St. Louis de Montfort attests to the presence of the Cross in Heaven with these poetic words:
“He will judge the world with His Cross and by it. What will be the joy of the friends of the Cross on beholding it. What will be the despair of its enemies, who not being able to bear the brilliant sight of this Cross, will cry out to the mountains to fall upon them, and to the depths of hell to swallow them up!”The crimson banners on either side of the Cross remind us of the Precious Blood shed on the Cross, by which the peace of Heaven is enjoyed by all the blessed.
We desire for our students this same filial devotion to St. Joseph and Our Blessed Mother who will communicate to them the divine life they possessed within themselves so fully. In this way they too might draw others to Christ by the brilliance of their witness and by taking up their crosses daily and following Him so that with Our Lady, and all the saints, they too may enjoy the peace and joy of all the blessed.
Our two patrons are Our Lady of the Anunciation and St. Joseph, patron of departing souls. We invoke the parents in the Holy Family under these titles as a special reminder to us of the beginning and end of human life and how every moment in between must be lived in pursuit first of the kingdom of God. Our Lady of the Anunciation is an icon of a young woman steadfast in prayer, with a vibrant interior life, seeking solitude and silence to hear the voice of God. As a result of her faithfulness, she receives the vocation to make Christ manifest to the world, having already conceived the Word in her immaculate heart. St. Joseph is an icon for us of the blessed life of each saint, striving always to live and die in the presence and love of Christ and His Blessed Mother.