All around the world, during Christmas time, in churches and homes, the birth of Christ is celebrated by recreating the nativity scene. This tradition is also known as crèche, and it originates from Saint Francis of Assisi in 1223. He is credited with creating the first live nativity scene.
His goal was to make the public worship of Jesus a part of the Christmas season. The recreation featured people dressed as Mary, Joseph, and even the shepherds. This was a way of bringing the scene to life for those who were not literate.
A typical nativity scene usually includes figurines or statues of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and Baby Jesus all together in the manger. The manger is most often blessed on the Vigil of Christmas or at another time during the Advent season.
This year the convent chapel was decorated beautifully with its very own Nativity scene. The scene features Christmas trees spectacularly lit up with lights, candles and of course, the manger with Mary, Joseph, shepherds, Baby Jesus and even sheep.
The Convent would like to thank all who helped to create the chapel nativity scene. We hope you had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!