An invitation to celebrate the origin of Christmas this Saturday in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

The actors of the living nativity scene of the parish of Saint-Jean XXIII in the middle of a general rehearsal, this morning of December 17, 2022. (©Géraldine Lebourgeois/ La Presse de la Manche)

The devotees of the St. John XXIII Parish are mobilized this weekend December 17 and 18, 2022inviting to come “sharing the joy of Christmas”at the Holy Trinity Basilica in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (Sleeve).

Missions from 3 p.m. this Saturday

From 3 p.m. this Saturday, December 17, 2022, under the title “ christmas missions“, the parish offers moments of communion through craft workshops for children, the presence of a choir that will sing in the streets of Cherbourg, or even a Christmas sale on the forecourt of the basilica.

Live Nativity Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

They are open to all like the free show proposed this Sunday, December 18, at 2:30 p.m. (note, the time has been brought forward due to the final of the Football World Cup), at La Trinité: the living nativity scene.

The high point of this weekend for the parish, it relies on the participation of 60 children but also adults this year.

The dress rehearsal is done

They were all in general rehearsal this Saturday morning, in suit and script in hand.

Under the leadership ofAnne Guillon-Verne, they become for the occasion shepherds, angels, Magi, soldiers… without forgetting, main roles, Mary and Joseph. The Choir, with the instruments, also rehearsed.

The living nativity scene of the Saint-Jean XXIII parish, every year, for four years now, the Christmas period and its spirit in the Christian faith have been re-enacted.

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“A return to the roots”

“The scenario created four years ago, with a director who was then from the parish, has seven scenes, from the annunciation to the presentation of Jesus in the temple”, explains Anne Guillon Verne.

The living nativity scene recalls the Christian context of Christmas, the origin of which we tend to forget. It’s a return to basics. Why do we give presents at Christmas, for example? It is because Jesus is love, a brotherly love that is shared through celebration and gifts.

Anne Guillon-Verne

To launch the living nativity scene, this Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Marie, embodied by Agathe, 13, will arrive with Joseph in the basilica on the back of a donkey, a real one, arrived with quite a boost…

” It’s a miracle “

Traditionally there is a donkey, but unable to find any this year, I asked Saint-Joseph to help us. I left a note under a statue of Saint Joseph at home, and it worked! The next day, Yves Millon, from the parish, let me know that he had found one. It’s a miracle ! »

Christmas Mission of Saint John XXIII Parish
Saturday 17 December from 3 p.m.:
reception on the forecourt of the church for DIY workshops, discovery of the crèche, choir in the streets and Christmas sale for the benefit of the parish
Sunday, December 18, at 2:30 p.m.:
Living nativity scene presented with Christmas carols, at the Basilica of the Trinity


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