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Saint Francis: The Nativity Scene in Greccio

The year 2024 sees the commemoration of the Stigmata, while 2025 will be dedicated to the Canticle of Brother Sun and 2026 to the Transitus
A nativity scene painting by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo.

A nativity scene painting by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo. (Photo Supplied)

Published: December 19, 2023 12:46 PM GMT
Updated: December 19, 2023 12:52 PM GMT

The Franciscan Family is commemorating the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Francis with a celebration spanning four years.

It began by recalling the final approval of the Rule by Honorius III in 1223. Attention then turned to the celebration of Christmas at Greccio.

The year 2024 sees the commemoration of the Stigmata, while 2025 will be dedicated to the Canticle of Brother Sun and 2026 to the Transitus.

Here we would like to recall the origin of the Greccio nativity scene, which, while not being – as many would have it – the first construction of a nativity scene, nevertheless is very important in the history of popular piety.

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This article is brought to you by UCA News in association with "La Civiltà Cattolica." 

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