Statuary of Saints has a long history in the Christian Church. Because Christ himself had a body and was God incarnate, the injunctions against graven images in the Old Testament were deemed no longer applicable to the Christian. Many tombs of ancient Christians have carvings of martyrs and the names of famous Christian bishops in them. Statues raise the mind to God and to the purity of the saint who is represented in the statue. They are like the family photos of the Church.