Life-Size Nativity at St Francis Church

(Designed and built by the young people of FAITHFUL)

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Devotion to the Crib is of very ancient origin. St Francis of Assisi popularized it around 1220, giving it the form in which it is known today. With the aid of his friends Francis constructed a crib and grouped around it figures of the Blessed Virgin and St Joseph, the ass, the ox, and the shepherds who came to adore the new-born Saviour.

Our young people’s group for yr10s and above (FAITHFUL) have spent the last 3 months designing and building a life-size Nativity in the spirit of St Francis. Many hours of hard work by young people and leaders have been put into making the figures as life-like as possible. It is now finished and able to to be seen under the ‘cloister’ next to the church – it is particularly eye-catching when viewed under the lights at night.

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We very much hope that local people will use the opportunity to spend some time in front of the Crib thinking about the Christmas story and how it can speak to us today, as it spoke to Francis 800 years ago and to the first Christians 2000yrs ago. We have included a prayer below that can be said before the Crib and which, we hope, will help people to worship in the words of the famous carol… O Come let us adore him.

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O God of every nation:

From the very beginning of creation
you have made manifest your love:
When our need for a Saviour was great,
you sent your Son to be born of the
Virgin Mary.
To our lives He brings joy and peace,
justice, mercy and love.

Lord, bless all who look upon this manger; may it remind us of the humble birth
of Jesus, and raise up our thought
to Him, who is our Emmanuel
and Saviour of all,

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

Paul.