Encountering Jesus in the New Testament (Third Edition)

Chapter 4: The Tradition of the Christmas Creche


Film Focus: In this episode of 3 Minute Theology, Joan Watson, discusses the origin of the Christmas crèche. She connects the importance of this Christmas tradition to having other tangible reminders of God’s saving acts in our homes and daily lives.


Text Focus: Page 183


Discussion Questions:


1.   Explain the origin of the Christmas crèche.

2.   Why did St. Francis begin this special tradition?

3.   What tangible reminders do you have in your home, church, and school that remind you of the presence of Jesus and his salvific acts?

4.   Why is it important to have these tangible reminders of Jesus and the story of salvation in our lives? How have you experienced this in your life?

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