Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The crib

The crib is a traditional Italian Christmas symbol.
Did you know that the first news of the birth of Jesus appear in the Gospel of Saint Luke and St. Matthew and the  first crib was made by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223?
  Already ill, St. Francis had taken refuge in the hermitage of Greccio. Fifteen days before Christmas he asked the warden John to prepare a cave in the reconstruction of the Night of the Nativity. On the evening of December 24 farmers of the country flocked to the cave, the monks with torches lit up the night scene and was placed inside the cave a manger filled with straw beside the ox and the donkey. In front of the cave was a mass. Many said they saw the child Jesus really move.


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