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Live Nativity planned for December 11
Live Nativity planned for December 11

You are invited to attend a live nativity event on the campus of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.  This coming Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. Dominican Center at Marywood and Instruments of Hope will offer the public an event that will delight and inspire people of all ages. We invite you to come together with others in a short journey to the manger where Jesus awaits your coming. The candlelight walk will be led by the Three Kings through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden to the manger. There we will take part in the re-enactment of the Nativity in the manger with Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus.

The St. Francis Sculpture Garden is located on the campus of Marywood, motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.  Guests will join together in singing Christmas songs on their short walk down the path to the manger. Several live animals will recreate the atmosphere of that night so long ago--a cold and starry Bethlehem night when the infant Jesus came into our hearts and transformed the lives of all mankind.

Dress warm, bring your family and friends and join us for this special event that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. After the celebration, your children will be allowed to pet the animals and have their pictures taken with the manger's humble creatures. The evening will end with hospitality including refreshments in a nearby cozy room. There is no charge and free parking is available in the Marywood East Lot on Lakeside, NE just a few hundred feed north of Fulton Street East.

For additional information, email Susan Evangelista or call 616.443.0376.  In addition, you can call the Dominican Center Receptionist at 616.454.1241 (Option 5 or 0).

St. Francis of Assisi is credited with beginning the Live Nativity tradition in 1223 in a cave near Greccio, Italy. Instruments of Hope is a Michigan-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace through various artistic endeavors. Artist Mic Carlson holds a special place in his heart for St. Francis and he is the creator of the St. Francis sculptures that grace the garden.  There will eventually be twenty-four sculptures of St. Francis strategically placed along the handicap-accessible paths.

Visit Instruments of Hope website to find out more about the Sculpture Garden as a whole and to keep up-to-date on its progress.

Visit Dominican Center at Marywood to see the many programs offered to the public to educate, inspire, and deepen your spiritual life. 

Become a fan of the Dominican Center Facebook to stay up-to-date about events and programs that are being added throughout the year.


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