11/20/2013 9:57:00 AM St. Anne hosts Come to the Manger
The Come to the Manger Nativity Exhibit will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with starting the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223. On Christmas Eve, St. Francis and the people of Greccio met in a cave and by candlelight acted out the story of Jesus’ birth using live animals. The idea spread throughout the world with each country adding their culture to the nativity scene. In the 17th century, it became popular to have a nativity scene in homes. Today, nativity scenes can be found in homes and churches with many collections being shown in exhibits throughout the world.
The Ladies Guild of St. Anne sponsored the first Come to the Manger Exhibit in November 2009 inviting parishioners and the community to participate. The exhibit consisted of nativity scenes from all over the world, as well as those that had been in families for generations. Some were handcrafted from ceramics, stained glass and wood. Others were the unusual, such as a bird nativity, a Charlie Brown nativity and one made from foil candy wrappers. A booklet with the history of each nativity scene was provided. The response to the exhibit was positive with all ages enjoying the various methods people have used in recalling that first nativity. The Ladies Guild invites the community to visit the exhibit. Those interested in having their manger scene in the exhibit may contact the church at 661-5012, Sue Cox at 661-6057 or Mary Barcomb at 292-8986. The exhibit will be held in Father Foley Hall at St. Anne Catholic Church located at 113 South Kemp Street (one block due east of McLeod Regional Medical Center).