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The Story of the Manger: The Crèche
Bob Murray, OFS
December 22, 2013


Once, a lovely star was seen by shepherds from afar, Gently moved until its light, made manger's cradle bright. There, a darling baby laid, and His Mother smiled and sung; This Is Christ, The Holy Child!

The Story of the Manger: The Crèche The Story of the Manger: The Crèche

SMYLE and SMYLE Jr. Ministry members continued their Christmas event, Santa's Workshop, by putting together a beautiful enactment of The Crèche; The Story of the Manger. The short version of this story was sent to us by our dear friend Bob Murray, OFS, from RSM, Ca. The narrator of our play was Ashour Adam, SMYLE Ministry Administrator. The poem was written by Majed, SMYLE Jr. Children Ministry.

When Majed, 10 years old SMYLE Jr. member who portrayed the role of St. Francis' of Assisi, asked our beloved Violet about her feeling about the play she responded: "We are so blessed; the actual play was so beautiful. How important it is to be Christian and helping other people to be humble and kind. I wish I were a shepherd because even the littlest shepherd got touched by God."

And when the 12 years old Josephine, a member of SMYLE Jr. was asked for her reflection, she wanted first to begin with the following Scripture passages;

"Hail Mary full of grace, The Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus." Luke 1:28, 1:42.

Then Josephine continues her reflection saying, "It was an honor and great privilege to have portrayed such a beautiful and pure role as our Blessed Mother Mary. The younger children gazed up to me with such admiration. This made my heart burst with joy. I felt a hint of Mother Mary's happiness at the birth of her Son, Jesus Christ, but with bitter- sweet feeling of acknowledging His destiny as our Savior."

The Story of the Manger: The Crèche The Story of the Manger: The Crèche
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