In the year 1223, St. Francis of Assisi prepared a live Nativity scene near the village of Greccio, Italy. St. Francis wanted the People of God to experience the humanity of Jesus and the poor circumstances of his birth in a stable in Bethlehem. Beginning with his humble birth, Jesus lived a fully human life, in order to show us how to do the same.
In November, the Franciscan Family organized two prayer services across San Diego County to highlight this anniversary. (See photos and homily below.)
As you contemplate the Nativity scene in your home, or another one elsewhere, we invite you to reflect on the roots of this beloved tradition.