12/14/2012 01:54 pm ET

Virgin Mary Statue Buried For Decades Discovered Outside Boston; Residents Hail Christmas Miracle (VIDEO)

A Christmas miracle has come to the residents at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility, who were surprised and heartened to discover a mysterious 4-foot statue of the Virgin Mary unearthed during a 38,000-square foot expansion project, reports WDHD.

“They are blessing us, she came to us to be with us on this holiday,” said Beverly Dutile, a resident, told the station.

Golden Pond facility assisted living facility is in Hopkinton, Mass., a short distance outside of Boston, reports the Christian Post.

A back hoe unearthed the statue and dropped it in a pile, where a resident noticed it, with hardly a scratch on it.

“He came running in and said, ‘the Virgin Mary’s outside!’” Marr told Metro West Daily News. “Everybody thinks it’s a message, that it’s going to be good luck for us,” the facility’s executive director Bill Marr said.

The Mary is in remarkable condition, especially since was likely underground for at least twenty years, Marr told CBS Boston. The statue was found in an area that used to host a pair of mobile homes, and before that, probably woods.

“It’s even beyond incredible that it was found 20 days before Christmas,” Marr told the station. “The timing of the year couldn’t be more symbolic.”

Marr has reached out to the local historical association, as well as a priest for advice in moving the statue, reports Metro West.

“I’m not sure if we should touch it, but I’m going to leave that to someone else,” Marr said. He said he is going to ask the priest from St. John’s Parish how to handle the Blessed Virgin statue.