Sunday, December 7 at 6 p.m.
In 1223 Francis of Assisi led a group of worshippers in the Italian village of Greccio in their celebration of our Lord’s birth by re-enacting the first Christmas. Thus began the tradition of a Christmas crèche. As Advent begins, the staff and students of the University of St. Francis present a Living Nativity as a witness to the power of the presence of God’s love incarnate in the world. The character of Saint Francis will narrate the Christmas story and those gathered will sing “Silent Night.”
The Living Nativity will be staged in the amphitheater next to the Pope John Paul II Center on the shore of Mirror Lake. Parking is available off Leesburg Road.
No charge for admission.
A petting zoo with the animals for the Living Nativity will be available for children from 5 to 6 p.m. free of charge at the Living Nativity site.
Saint Francis and the Christmas Creche
December 4 through December 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays only) and Sunday, December 7 from noon to 8 p.m.
Learn about Saint Francis’ devotion to the birth of Jesus at this beautiful display of nativity scenes from around the world. In addition, there will be short presentations on Franciscan tradition in adjoining classrooms on December 7.
This is a free event.
Lupke Gallery in the North Campus Building.
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