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Nativities of the World
From: 09:00 AM to 04:45 PM
Nativities of the World, a collection of nearly 170 mostly-handcrafted crèches from around the globe, will be on exhibit Dec. 2, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. Many of the nativities are hand crafted of local materials, such as nuts, tin foil, straw and felt. This is the first time they are exhibited publicly.
These beautiful creches demonstrate the universality of the Christian faith and different interpretations of the birth of Christ within the many diverse cultures around the world. They are part of the personal collection of Washington, DC, area residents, Marguerite and Roger Sullivan, whose collection includes 500 nativities from 103 countries.
Tradition of the Nativity
St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscans, is widely credited with popularizing the tradition of placing nativities in our homes. The Franciscan Monastery, the U.S. home for the Holy Land friars who minister in Bethlehem and other places throughout the Holy Land, also has a full-size replica of Bethlehems Nativity Grotto on the lower level of the church that can be visited on daily guided tours.