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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