Nativity comes to life at Assumption

The Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse presented a Living Nativity Dec. 20. Pictured clockwise from top right are Jeanne Strief as an angel, Selena Scherfner as Mary, Alana Scherfner as baby Jesus, Blake Daly as Francis, and Joseph Cuda as Joseph. (Sun photo | Chuck Wainwright)

Lessons and carols and a living Nativity were presented at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse Dec. 20. Hundreds gathered at the church for an afternoon of prayer, song, and a recreation of the live Nativity (including live animals!) originally staged by St. Francis of Assisi in Greccio, Italy. During the Nativity, St. Francis takes the baby Jesus into his arms, representing “all of us who do the same in our hearts.”

Among the Nativity participants were Selena Scherfner as Mary; Alana Scherfner as baby Jesus; Joseph Cuda of FrancisCorps as Joseph; Blake Daly of FrancisCorps as St. Francis; and Steve Cohen as St. Nicholas.

Photos by Chuck Wainwright for the Catholic Sun

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