Arise Is a decorative medallion sculpted by Andrew Wilson Smith and cast in gypsum cement by the artist with the assistance from Gregory the Great Academy students in the year 2018.
The Medallion depicts St. Joseph’s second dream. As Joseph sleeps, with the swaddled Christ Child under his protective embrace, an Angles (traditionally identified as St. Gabriel) commands him to: “Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt” -Matthew 2:13
The inspiration for this artwork is rooted in 12th-century French sculpture, especially that found at Autun Cathedral. The artist has also expanded on the tradition by emphasizing St. Joseph’s role as a solicitous father. In this interpretation of the event, Joseph has fallen asleep while taking a midnight shift with the newborn Child.