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Live Nativity at Marywood

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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 hold a special place in his heart for St. Francis and he is the creator of the St. Francis sculptures that grace the garden. The garden is currently in phase one of its development. There will eventually be twenty-four sculptures of St. Francis strategically placed along the handicap-accessible paths.

Related Links:

Instruments of Hope Facebook

St Francis Sculpture Blog

Mic Carlson Gallery

Instruments of Hope will be hosting a Live Nativity event on Sunday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. on the Marywood campus, which is located at 2025 Fulton Street East.

A family event that will delight and inspire people of all ages, we will begin our journey at 5:30 p.m. with a candlelight walk led by the Three Kings through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden to the manger where we will find Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus.  A children's choir will lead guests in Christmas songs and several live animals will recreate the atmosphere of that night so long ago; a chilly Bethlehem night when the tiny infant Jesus came into our hearts.

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 hot chocolate, apple cider and donuts 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, you can email Susan Evangelista or Mic Carlson. You may also call 616.443.0376

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