To celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season, Neumann University will present a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 5. The program, which is open to the public and free of charge, begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of Bachmann Main Building on the Aston campus.
The highlight of the observance will be the re-enactment of the Franciscan tradition of the crib, first celebrated in Greccio, Italy. Neumann students will perform the Live Nativity and the scripture narration. The program will be followed by a performance from the Christina Brame Gospel Choir at 7:15 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Saint Mary’s Villa for Children and Families in Ambler. General admission is $5; $3 for students; and free for children.
In addition to the Greccio scene, the program will also feature the sounds of festive Christmas music performed by the St. Joseph’s Church Bell Choir and caroling by the St. Joseph’s Children’s Choir.
Before the Live Nativity, a liturgy will be held in Sacred Heart Chapel, located on the first floor of Bachmann Main Building at 5 p.m. After the celebration, children of all ages can meet Santa Claus and enjoy refreshments in the Great Hall of the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center.
The Live Nativity was first staged in 1223 when a group of monks, organized by St. Francis of Assisi, led a singing throng of local residents to Greccio, a simple monastery in the heart of Italy. The villagers witnessed a primitive crib, surrounded by farm animals and peasants who re-enacted the birth of Christ. This ritual has been celebrated ever since, in Greccio and around the world.
For more information, call the Office of Mission and Ministry at 610-558-5511.
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