What a night it was!

The Three Kings deliver presents at the manger scene. Left-right are: angel Mary, played by Rhona Ragan; shepherd, played by Charles Anderson; and kings Lorene Rose, and Hope Keshen. Behind Keshen and barely seen is king Cameron Waikle.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Almost 100 people braved chilly temperatures to attend the 15th annual Live Nativity celebration hosted by St. Mark’s Anglican Church Dec. 6.

The event re-enacts the night Jesus was born, and has become a popular event many attend and look forward to each yeer.

Bishop’s Warden Peter Clarke and Colleen Greer were the founding members of the celebration. For the most part, Clarke narrates the story and sets up the lights, sound system and props, while Greer sews the costumes.

“I think it’s the greatest way to celebrate Christmas, why we celebrate Christmas,” says Clarke.

“It’s almost forgotten. Christmas is about Christ.”

With help from others, the church tells the story through Biblical readings and song. One can only imagine the joy and fulfillment felt in the stable over 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born.

This year was the 15th year St. Mark’s has held the event, no matter how cold. The celebration began in 2005.

“It was Colleen’s original idea,” says Clarke, adding it was proposed at a vestry meeting. It was decided to proceed and the rest is history.

The celebration is held with men, women and children in the congregation and community wearing costumes similar to the time of Christ’s birth. Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds and the Three Wise Men are all included.

Songs opened the evening before the story of Gabriel is told according to the Book of Luke. Mary is first afraid when confronted by the angel, until he delivers the news.

Mary is joined by Joseph and the two proceed to Bethlehem. However, there is no room at the inn so they are left outside by the manger. Jesus is the born and everyone arrives to recognize and celebrate the birth.

After the celebration, everyone was invited into the church hall for coffee, snacks and fellowship.

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