Leigh Hatts  

Christmas Day: St Mary of the Crib

The Holy Crib displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore

Today is Christmas Day when famous churches suddenly receive media coverage.

St Peter’s Rome and Church of the Nativity Bethlehem will probably bee seen in news bulletins.

In Rome there is another is another focus today.

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, once called St Mary of the Crib,  holds what is claimed to be the wooden remains  of the Bethlehem crib.

The church’s nativity scene figures date from  1290.

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