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Greccio and the O Antiphons


Creating Your Nativity Scene with Pope Francis is a free Franciscan resource*, available in fifteen languages, honoring the 800th anniversary of the Christmas at Greccio.


This easy-to-use meditation can be utilized:

  • for a dramatic, large living nativity scene with hundreds of people,
  • in a family home or within a religious community,
  • in a school or parish,
  • for one’s personal devotion.


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There are also flyers and posters available in English, Spanish, and Italian, as well as a QR Code to help people access the resource more easily.


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High resolution images of the art are available upon request at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To inquire about the possibility of translation into other languages, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Guardian of the friary at Greccio, Friar Giovanni LOCHE, OFM, says that this resource is:

  • A journey, an adventure to discover the Wonderful Secret of God.
  • An interweaving of history, prayer, and art to remind us of our sublime dignity as Children of God.


Channeling the spirit of St. Francis, Pope Francis says:

“The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman” (Admirabile Signum, 1).


Friar Michael LASKY, General Delegate for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)






*This project is the contribution of Roman VI, the JPIC Representatives of the Franciscan Family, for the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Christmas at Greccio.


A Special Thanks is offered for the work of the artist, Friar Joseph DORNIAK, OFM Conv.; the managing editor of “Franciscan Voice,” Laura BAUER; as well as the countless translators, proofreaders, and layout designers.




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