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Notre Dame’s crèche pilgrimage: Celebrating life’s most intimate moment

December 02, 2014Michael O. Garvey

 

When the University of Notre Dame’s Crèche Pilgrimage begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 7) in the Eck Visitors Center, those on hand to visit, view and pray at some 30 Nativity scenes on exhibit throughout the campus will be participating in a Christmas tradition as ancient as it is universal.

“Mary is the most ‘inculturated’ person in the Church,” said John Cavadini, professor of theology and director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL). “Nowhere is this more evident than in the depiction of the Nativity of the Lord as interpreted by people of the various cultures of the world who have embraced this mystery in their heart. In these crèches, we are at once invited into one of the most intimate moments in a family’s life, the welcoming of a newborn child, and in contemplating this scene, we are invited into what Christian faith believes to be the most intimate moment between God and creation, the Incarnation.” Read More