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Nativity Scene in Assisi to project Giotto's frescoes and honor healthcare workers

St. Francis of Assisi began the tradition of setting up the Nativity scene, and this year, the town where he grew up will celebrate a very special Christmas. Assisi will put the joy of the Franciscan spirit on display with video projections on the facades of the Superior Basilica of St. Francis and the Cathedral of St. Rufino. It will be a spectacular light show in the town's streets.

Custodian, Sacred Convent of Assisi
“We want to show, in front of the basilica, the presence into which we can enter, in which each one of us can feel like a part of the event of the birth of the Lord. He is the one who comes to visit us, the Son of God made flesh. We immerse ourselves in this Nativity, and He immerses Himself in our humanity.”

There will also be a large Nativity scene composed of 50 shepherd statues. It will also honor the work of healthcare personnel with a statue of a nurse.

This Nativity scene seeks to be an invitation to understand the meaning of the Nativity for St. Francis on Christmas in Greccio in the year 1223.

Head of Youth Ministry, Sacred Convent of Assisi
“What does St. Francis do? In reality, he doesn't make an actual Nativity scene like the one we're familiar with today. He fixes up a manger, adds some hay, has a donkey and bull brought in, and he celebrates a Mass. For Francis, there is a very strong relationship between the Incarnation and the Eucharist.”

Press Director, Sacred Convent of Assisi
“We are called to truly grow, mature, light up that interior light, this life that is born in each one of us. Then it will be an extraordinary and beautiful Christmas. Why? Because we'll be able to face any—no, not obstacle—any surprise, because we'll have that light that illuminates and guides us.”

This Christmas, special attention will be given to those who are far away and can't travel to Assisi. Thanks to the website ilnataledifrancesco.it, it will be possible to admire the projections with the impressive Giotto frescoes until Jan. 6, 2021.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi

Translation: CT