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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Crèche or Crib

Francis of Assisi in 1223 brought about the crib as an extra-liturgical devotion. The presence of the ox and ass is due to a misinterpretation of Isaiah 1:3 and Habakkuk 3:2. However, since it was a lay devotion, it became popular in the faithful's imagination.

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