Archives for December 15, 2013

It’s Bambinelli Sunday! A Timeless Tradition Prepares Our Hearts for Christ

In the 1200s, St. Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas Creche, which helped to make the local townspeople aware of the Christmas story.  St. Bonaventure, bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 1274, told the story in his biography of Francis: It happened in the third year before his death, that in order to excite the inhabitants of Grecio to commemorate the nativity of the Infant Jesus with great devotion, [St. Francis] determined to keep it with all possible solemnity; and lest … [Read more...]

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