Greccio a New Bethlehem

Paul Keggington

December 25, 2008

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Naples is considered one of the more popular Italian cities to see hundreds of nativity scenes throughout the town. However, it is Greccio, a new Bethlehem,where St. Francis of Assisi originated the Christmas crib because of his overwhelming love for the mystery of the Incarnation. He wanted everyone to share in the joy of this ‘feast of feasts’.

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity keep alive this Franciscan custom in many meaningful depictions throughout their Motherhouse and in their other convent homes. Especially dear to the Sisters is a Christmas stable, the second used by early members of the community, found this year in the Holy Family Convent front lobby.

On this Christmas day, we invite you to enter into our home and know that we pray with you around this crib.

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