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More than eight centuries ago, Saint Francis of Assisi was born in Italy. He was the first church leader to create what we now know as the Christmas creche or nativity scene. In the town of Greccio, Francis created a living nativity scene to teach God's love and redemption of humanity.
Larry Peacock uses this event, as recorded by Thomas of Celano, as a backdrop for deeper preparation and inner reflection during the Advent season. Incorporating narrative, reflection, and prayer in daily meditations--along with weekend activities, guided readings, and centering times--this book will enhance the season for families, individuals, or study groups.
|Title: The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis|
By: Larry J. Peacock
Vendor: Upper Room
Publication Date: 2018
|Weight: 5 ounces|
Stock No: WW817900
Who came up with the idea of using nativity scenes to celebrate Christmas? Many might be surprised to learn that Francis of Assisi, the well-known thirteenth-century saint, is credited with creating the first nativity scene. The Living Nativity introduces readers to Saint Francis and his joyous reenactment of the birth of Jesus, complete with a manger and animals.
The Living Nativity explores how nativity sets, Advent wreaths, candles, carols, Christmas cards, and other traditions help prepare our hearts for the God "who bends low to enter our world and our lives." Prayer poems for each day of the season lead readers to deepen their spiritual journey, and the book provides a guided pattern for individuals and small groups to share reflections and experience activities that open their hearts to the Christ child.
The Living Nativity provides a prayer, meditation, and reflection questions for each day of Advent. The Leaders Guide includes suggestions for worship, discussion questions focused on the readings, and guidance for a mini-retreat on a theme of the week.
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