Presepe – è una rappresentazione della nascita di Gesù, che ha avuto origine da tradizioni medievali; inizialmente italiana, l’usanza di allestire il presepio è diffusa oggi in tutti i paesi cattolici del mondo.
Presepe in English is the nativity scene or the manger scene.
All churches in Italy houses a ”presepe” from December until the 1st week of January, or until the festivity of the Three Kings.
A unique version I have seen this year is the one in Corte Isolani. They have set up the manger in the Town of Bologna, specifically at Corte Isolani. You could see the Basilica di San Luca at the background and the Church of Santo Stefano.
"Jesus stands at the door knocking (Rev. 3:20). In total reality, he comes in the form of the beggar, of the dissolute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help. He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbor, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you. That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us." Dietrich Bonhoeffer #manger #advent #natale #bologna #italy #presepe
Here are some beautiful ones around Bologna this year.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Il Presepio Contemplativo by Grazia Sarcina #christmas #natale #Jesus #bibleverses #isaiah #bologna #italia #manger #bethlehem
I love this version of Saint Joseph kissing the baby Jesus.
"He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’ ” – St. Bernardine of Siena #saintjoseph #presepe #bologna #manger