Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23
True love poured forth from the Living Nativity story performed December 9th at All Souls Catholic Church in Sanford. It took more than 50 people to breathe life into the play about the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Things were just about as real as you can get! The performance came complete with a donkey, lamb, and a baby goat that chewed on Faith Formation Director, Jenny Mansingh! “You know, it was not perfect in that stable,” Mansingh, laughs. Still, the message was truly meaningful. Mansingh explains “My desire is that Christ Jesus is born anew in each of our hearts.”
The crowd was treated to five scenes; prophets foretelling Jesus’ birth, the Annunciation, the Visitation between Mary and Elizabeth, the manger scene, and a reflection. Every moment was clearly a true team effort between children of All Souls Catholic School and students in Faith Formation at the church. Parishioner, Frances Lommerse, says “We really enjoyed it. It was amazing to watch both adults and children bring to life the story of Christ’s birth.”
During the reflection, the faithful heard a couple of moving songs. “The first song, ‘What if I give my All,’ is intended to challenge and encourage us to give our all, which is what Mary did when she said yes,” shares Mansingh. “The second is to bring back the focus to the one thing necessary—- love. In our hustle and bustle of stressing over what gifts we should give, we are simply reminded to ‘Give Love on Christmas Day.’”
By Jen Drow, special to the Florida Catholic Newspaper – December 12, 2017