Call for Christmas Pageant Participants
WAY, way, way back in the day, church services were conducted only in Latin, which no one spoke and hardly anyone understood. Makes perfect sense, right? So, in 1223 St. Francis of Assisi was granted permission from Pope Honorius III to set up a manger with hay and a few animals in a cave just outside Grecio, Italy. In that cave, Francis performed a mass at midnight on Christmas. Villagers came to view the scene and to hear the story of our Lord’s birth. Francis’ display evolved into our modern-day Christmas Pageant providing parishioners an opportunity to interact with Christ’s humble, albeit glorious, birth. Yet another reason to dearly love St. Francis of Assisi!
Our version of Francis’ “cave mass” will be performed at St. John’s Cathedral on Sunday, December 23 during the 9 a.m. service in the sanctuary. There's a part of everyone, kids and kids at heart! This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family, even the well-mannered family pet, to get involved. We have the additional blessing of the Celebration Singers joining us this year. It's also a great opportunity to share the Gospel message with a friend by bringing someone with you to church on Sunday, December 23.
Please join the herds of cows, sheep, donkeys, camels, elephants, dinosaurs, (why not?), pigs, (kosher of course), swarms of bumble bees, heavenly hosts, wise men and women, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. All participants must attend the dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m. in Ingram Lounge. Refreshments, as well as craft activities, will be available all morning long.
May your blessings be too numerous to count.
Terry Jamerson Hunt, Director of Children's Ministries
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