A Proper Seat for Emmanuel: Personal Reflections on the History and Meaning of the Christmas Crèche

Dr. Michael E DeSanctis

Thursday Dec 10th, 2020

This lavishly-illustrated presentation will trace the history of seasonal Nativity scenes as found in Christian households and churches from their origins in the ministry of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) to the present day.

The presentation will also feature an explanation of the original, large-scale nativities, or “crèches,” constructed over the years by Dr. Michael E DeSanctis for the benefit of audiences throughout the Erie area.

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