Our beautiful Christmas crib brings Bethlehem to our church, and invites us all to come and adore Our Lord.
When the shepherds heard of the birth of the Saviour, they said to one another, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us" (Luke 2:15). The Lord has made known His birth to us too - will we follow in the shepherds' footsteps?
Ever since St Francis of Assisi reenacted the nativity at Greccio in 1223, depictions of the crib have called us to come to 'Bethlehem', to be part of that procession of people who, over the centuries, have spent time in prayer and wonder at the scene of Our Lord's birth.
We are blessed to have such a beautiful crib in our parish, this year with an amazing new wooden shed built by parishioners and friends over the last few weeks. You can call in and spend time before the crib every day - the church is generally open from early until around 6pm, sometimes later. Don't miss the opportunity to come to Bethlehem yourself and enter a little more deeply into the wonderful mystery of Our Lord's Incarnation. Near the crib there are also some prayer resources and reflections for you to use, including Pope Francis' letter about the crib scene, Admirabile Signum, which was published earlier this month.