May our incarnate Lord bestow his many blessings upon you and your family on this Christmastime.
During this Christmas may we keep in our prayers in a special way our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
I also share with you this beautiful Arabic Christmas hymn.
This Christmas I pray in hope that one day the Middle East, the birthplace of Our Savior, may be at peace and that Christians be an important part of the future of the Middle East. May the Lord once again reign in human hearts that seek the good of their brethren: Muslim, Jew, and Christian.
Epiphany, when the mystery of the Incarnation was made manifest to the kings!
A manger scene, or crèche, or presepio/praesepio, or, in German, krippe, can be found in most churches at Christmastime. I found that the city of Cologne has a pilgrimage where you follow the “stars” to visit the cribs, not only in churches but in some shop windows.
Sternsingers, “star singers,” carrying the star, in Vienna.
Enjoy these cribs, from Bingen, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Vienna.