Greccio a New Bethlehem

by Sister Julie Ann on December 25, 2008

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.

2 thoughts on “Greccio a New Bethlehem”

  1. Christmas Blessings! It is good to reflect upon this phrase of Pope Benedict’s 2008 Christmas message as we gaze upon the nativity scenes in our homes, churches, yards…

    May the light of evangelical hope, originating from the poor and simple stable of Bethlehem, spread everywhere and may the news that no one is far from the love of the Redeemer resound.”

  2. ESC & MLM says:

    the picturesd were beautiful and cool!!!!!!

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