Once again, many of you took part in our traditional competition for the most beautiful Christmas nativity scene: nearly 70 photos were posted and more than 4,400 Internet users voted for their favorite nativity scene.
We are happy to announce that this is the nativity scene by Pierre Capo who was your favorite with more than 1,800 votes. Special feature of this year: it was posted on behalf of the Friends of the Saint-Just church, an association which, since 2015, has set itself the objective of rehabilitating the interior of the church in this town of 650 inhabitants, in the Cher. After five years of work, its renovation ends this year with the creation of a stained glass window and a call for donations on the Heritage Foundation website to finance the work of the stained glass artist.
A nativity scene in the news of the Holy Land
With more than 1,800 votes, she easily came in first position. “I mobilized the association – even the church choir! – and the whole community to participate. The mayor also supported and relayed the competition,” rejoices Pierre Capo, president of the association.
Located in the heart of the Saint-Just church, the crèche was created, like every year, by the association and the children of the village. In the center of the nativity scene, the Bible recalls how, through the Word, Saint Luke and Saint Matthew recounted the birth of Jesus.
The nursery decor changes every winter. This year the background shows a ruined city. “With the current events in Palestine, we wanted to imagine in what context Jesus would have been born if he was in a country at war,” explains Pierre Capo.
A message at the heart of that of Christmas hope because “where God is born, hope is born” (Pope Francis).