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Greccio Live Nativity Celebration



Neumann University will host its annual Greccio Live Nativity Celebration on Sunday, December 7.  The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development on Convent Road.


Neumann students and faculty will re-enact the Franciscan tradition of the crib, first celebrated in Greccio, Italy, performing the Live Nativity scene and the scripture narration.  In addition, the program will also feature the sounds of sacred Christmas music, performed by the Holy Family Regional School (Aston) Bell and Children’s Choir.

All are welcome to visit campus earlier, to attend Mass at 4:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel of Bachmann Main Building and to see (and pet) the animals as they arrive at 5:30 p.m.  After the Live Nativity program, the community is invited to enjoy more traditional Christmas music and refreshments, and to meet Santa in the Bayada Atrium of the Mirenda Center.  The animals that participate in the re-enactment will remain on campus until 7:30 p.m.


After the Greccio re-enactment and visit from Santa, the University’s Christina Brame Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Meagher Theatre, located in the Bruder Life Center. All proceeds from the hour-long concert will go toward the Christina Brame Scholarship Fund. A free-will offering will be accepted.


The Live Nativity was first staged in 1223 when a group of friars, 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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