The Kilkenny Camino Town Church Nativity Walk will take place next Saturday

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The annual church nativity walk will take place on Saturday January 8 from Friary Church in Kilkenny City at 11 a.m.

This year, the annual nativity walk will join the community of Santiago de Compostela which celebrates the day of the crèche on January 8. On this day after the feast of Ephiphany, pilgrims converge on the old nativity scene of Santiago de Compostela to ask for health and happiness in the years to come as they make their pilgrimage in life. This year, the focus is on health and safety in the face of Covid 19.

Bro. Willie Purcell, who will lead the annual walk, said:

“It’s great to join hundreds if not thousands of pilgrims who like us in Kilkenny will walk the pilgrims from the nativity scenes of the Sanctuary of Compostela, it’s something we’ve been doing for years but this year adds a dimension specific to the event “A blessed medal from the ancient sanctuary of Santiago will be awarded to each walker. We start at the Capuchin Convent on Friary Street because around 1223 AD something wonderful happened. Saint Francis made a living nativity scene, an enactment of the birth of Christ near the town of Greccio on Christmas Day, and thus popularized the making of a nativity scene in our homes, workplaces, churches, hospitals, schools and shops at Christmas. And so, de Greccio was made a new Bethlehem! Francis stood in front of the manger, overwhelmed with joy, and Mass was celebrated in the manger. After the celebration, Francis insisted on taking care of the hay and animals, reminding us to take care of every created thing even after we no longer need it! “

The annual Kilkenny Church Nativity Walk is a walk of reflection on the meaning and traditions of Church Nativity scenes in Kilkenny. Each church has its own tradition in its nativity scene and its design and structure often reflects not only the community of the present, but also the communities of previous generations who formed and built the various nativity scenes in the church.
The march will be led by Father Willie Purcell.

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