Monday, February 23, 2009

Living Nativity

We were invited to see a living nativity that is put on in old town Termini, between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6) every year. It was a guided tour through scenes from the Christmas story, beginning with Gabriel speaking to Mary and finishing with the manger scene. We walked up and down throughout the oldest sections of town and had the opportunity to visit 2 churches that are normally closed. The first church, where the scene of Herod and the Magi was staged, had no roof. There is a possibility it was bombed out in WWII when Sicily was invaded. The second church, where the manger scene was held, was closed for renovations and open only because of the living nativity. Inside that church was Sicily's (and possibly Italy) oldest "presepe" or manger scene. There was also a saint buried in the floor; with a small window and a light to see. We enjoyed the experience in spite of the light rain that kept falling off and on.



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