Greccio and the O Antiphons

Greccio and the O Antiphons

Creating Your Nativity Scene with Pope Francis is a free Franciscan resource*, available in eighteen languages, honoring the 800th anniversary of the Christmas at Greccio. (Click here for the English version. All languages are available on our Resources Page.)

This easy-to-use meditation can be utilized:

  • for a dramatic, large living nativity scene with hundreds of people,
  • in a family home or within a religious community,
  • in a school or parish,
  • for one’s personal devotion.

The Guardian of the friary at Greccio, Friar Giovanni LOCHE, OFM, says that this resource is:

A journey, an adventure to discover the Wonderful Secret of God. An interweaving of history, prayer, and art to remind us of our sublime dignity as Children of God.

Channeling the spirit of St. Francis, Pope Francis says:

“The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman”

-friar Michael Lasky OFM Conv.
General Delegate for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)

*This project is the contribution of Roman VI, the JPIC Representatives of the Franciscan Family, for the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Christmas at Greccio.

Special Thanks is offered for the work of the artist, Friar Joseph Dorniak, OFM Conv.; as well as the countless translators, proofreaders, and layout designers.