The following is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “ADMIRABILE SIGNUM” on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene.
As the Holy Mother Church enters into the season of “waiting” and preparing for the Lord. Pope Francis reminds the faithful of the “enchanting image” of the Christmas crèche, so dear to Christians and one which never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder.
The letter, published on December 1 (the beginning of Advent) expounded on the depiction of Jesus’ birth; a simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The Holy Father stated, “The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture.”