Cathedral recreates authentic nativity scene in crypt

Darlington and Stockton Times: CRYPT MOVE: The underground nativity scene at Ripon Cathedral CRYPT MOVE: The underground nativity scene at Ripon Cathedral

CLERGY at a cathedral have attempted to recreate the nativity scene as it may have looked more than 2,000 years ago.

Ripon Cathedral’s traditional nativity figures have been installed in its seventh century Saxon underground crypt due to its similarities to the Bethlehem stable where Jesus was born.

Canon Elizabeth Sewell said: “Jesus’ birthplace would probably have been a cave-like space beneath the house.

“Animals were have overwintered there, giving some warmth to the home above.

“The crypt is a similar space, designed by St Wilfrid as a place for prayer and reflection.”

Visitors to the crypt are being invited to add their own prayers to the nativity scene, and written prayers are available for visitors to take away.

The cathedral is open daily from 8.30am to 6pm.

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12:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

thehogman says...

Irritates the life out of me. Every bloody Christmas this same sort of trash and rubbish about a fictitious God and his so called son is thrust up on us....get real there is no God of any sort and certainly no son of God. This crap about virgin birth, wise men and bloody shepherds should shelved along with every other religion....it's not real people
Irritates the life out of me. Every bloody Christmas this same sort of trash and rubbish about a fictitious God and his so called son is thrust up on us....get real there is no God of any sort and certainly no son of God. This crap about virgin birth, wise men and bloody shepherds should shelved along with every other religion....it's not real people thehogman

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