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 the initials of our school name, pictures in the center the Holy Family, patrons of our school. We chose the Nativity since it is then when Christ first manifests Himself to the world. It is there where Jesus, invisibly carried within Our Blessed Mother for nine months, began to draw others to Himself to participate in the blessedness of the angels who behold His face and to share in His own divine life. In drawing others thus, two of the greatest symbols of this guidance are the star which led the Magi to the infant Christ, and the Cross about which the Savior Himself testified when He said "When I am lifted up, I shall draw all men to myself." (Jn. 12:32) 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 ring surrounding the dark inner portion 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. 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!”Finally, all of this is set against the backdrop of a light blue symbolizing both Our Blessed Mother, and also the peace of Heaven enjoyed by all the blessed.
We desire for our students this same vibrant presence of the divine life within them so that they too might draw others to Christ by the brilliance of their witness and by taking up their crosses daily and following Him. We encourage them for this end, to seek the help of Our Blessed Mother, so that with her and all the saints, they too may enjoy the peace and joy of all the blessed.
Our two patrons are Our Lady of La Leche 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 La Leche is an icon of the dignity and high purpose of family life and of the intimate, nurturing care of Our Blessed Mother for all of us, members of the mystical Body of Christ. 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.