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Live Nativity planned for December 11

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Take a candlelight walk with the Three Kings through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden to the manger where we will find Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus.
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The Live Nativity Tradition

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.

Related Links:

Instruments of Hope Website
Instruments of Hope Facebook

St Francis Sculpture Blog
Mic Carlson Gallery

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center Facebook

Instruments of Hope Website - find out more about the Sculp


A family event that will delight and inspire people of all ages, we will begin our journey on Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. with a candlelight walk led by the Three Kings through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden to the manger. There we will find the "live" Mary, Joseph and their child, Jesus. 

The sculpture garden is located on the campus of Marywood, which is the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.  Guests will join together in singing Christmas songs. 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. See the Printable Map.

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).

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.

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