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St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene[4][5] in 1223 at Greccio, Italy,[4][6] in an attempt to place the emphasis of Christmas upon the worship of Christ rather than upon secular materialism and gift giving.[7][8] Staged in a cave near Greccio, St. Francis' nativity scene was a living one[4] with humans and animals cast in the Biblical roles.[9] Pope Honorius III gave his blessing to the exhibit.[10] Such pantomimes became hugely popular and spread throughout … [More]

This is a blest message about creating the Nativity scene of the Holy Family. I will remember it as I put my Nativity out, thanking God for His Holy Son.
In Christ,

Do you know where the custom of creating the scene of Christ's birth comes from? In a new video, Father Greg tells the story of the Nativity scene. Learn more at