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Come to the Manger Exhibit set for Nov. 21

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

Come to the Manger Exhibit set for Nov. 21

The Ladies Guild of St. Anne Catholic Church will host their Seventh Annual “Come to the Manger” Exhibit. St. Anne’s parish and friends from the Florence community will display their personal collections of manger scenes from many countries all over the world. This is a precursor to the Advent season as the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” depicts the expectation of the arrival of the Messiah.

The exhibit will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Father Foley Fellowship Hall at 113 S. Kemp Street and will include a collection of well over 100 manger scenes. One of the most beautiful Christmas traditions is setting up a manger, crib, or creche to recall the scene at the manger on the first Christmas in a stable in Bethlehem.

The tradition started centuries ago in churches and St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, wanting the people to remember that Jesus was born in a humble stable, asked a farmer friend to bring an ox, a donkey, a manger and some straw to a nearby cave. On Christmas Eve, St. Francis and the people of Greccio met in this cave and by candlelight acted out the story of Jesus’ birth. The idea spread throughout the world with each country adding their own culture to the manger scene.

In the 17th century, it became popular to have a manger scene in the home. Today, manger scenes are in homes, lawns, churches, and some are living scenes such as the one done by St. Francis. After visiting the nativity exhibit at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, the Ladies Guild decided to bring such an exhibit to Florence by asking parishioners and the community to bring their manger scenes with their history for the exhibit. Everyone is invited. For further information, contact Sue Cox at 843-661-6057 or Mary Barcomb 843-292-8986.

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