December 23, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

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Friends of the Rosary:

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the first Nativity scene established by St. Francis of Assisi in a cave in the Italian town of Greccio.

The saint staged the Nativity in the year 1223 as a way to spread the story of Christmas.

St. Francis wanted to highlight the amazement, joy, and humility of the Lord in the grotto of Bethlehem.

The spirit of sobriety and humility of the Nativity contrasts with the consumerism that corrodes the meaning of Christmas.

“The Nativity scene was created to bring us back to what matters: to God who comes to dwell among us. It helps us understand what matters and also the social relationships of Jesus in that moment, the family, Joseph and Mary, and loved ones, the shepherds,” Pope Francis said.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel A. |, New York