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Vatican Christmas Tree Arrives in St. Peter's Square

Postby Alice » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:18 pm

23 November 2017

Vatican Christmas Tree arrives in St. Peter's Square

The moment has arrived for the Christmas tree to be put up at the Vatican. It has just arrived after a 12-day and almost 1,245 mile trip across Europe. It is a gift from the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland and holds a special value for them: 20 years ago, another Polish tree was placed in St. Peter's Square, at the request of John Paul II.

Monika Rybka has been in charge of transporting the tree. She has experienced the process first-hand because she accompanied it in the truck.

MONIKA RYBKA
Organizer of tree transport
"The last tree from Poland was here 20 years ago. This is after 20 years we again have our tree here. Our pope, John Paul II, started this tradition of bringing the Christmas tree here. That's why it's something special for us for sure."

The spruce measures 92 feet high and weighs 7 tons. It comes from a leafy region known for its trees and lakes.

This year, it will be decorated by children from various hospitals through a rehabilitation project from the Lene Thun Foundation.

The tree is a Christmas symbol because it represents life that is born even in the cold of winter, but that is not its only meaning.

"It means the presence of the living Christ who is among us, who is born. The ornaments represent original sin and also capital sins. The lights represent the light of Christ, which illuminates our darkness, and our sins so that later they will not continue."

The traditional Christmas tree is in the square, just in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Soon, an accompanying manger will also be installed in the coming days. Now the spruce looks like this, but from December seventh on, its lights and ornaments will shine in all their splendor.

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Vatican Christmas Tree Arrives in St. Peter's Square

Postby Alice » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:11 am

Christmas begins in Rome: Vatican lights tree and inaugurates Nativity scene

For another year, everything was in order in St. Peter's Square for one of the events that begin Christmas in the Eternal City.

The Vatican has lit its Christmas tree and presented its Nativity scene. First, though, Christmas carols had to be heard.

A choir from Montevergine, from which the display emanates, and a band from the Polish Forestry Body, where the tree comes from, sang the songs.

The Nativity scene was donated by the Italian abbey of Montevergine and was built by one of the most important workshops in Naples. According to Neapolitan tradition, the scene is placed among the ruins of a temple.

These little ones brought the ceremony a tender note. The children from Montevergine exchanged gifts with kids with cancer and other youth from Spoleto and Norcia, two communities hit by severe earthquakes a few months ago.

As the afternoon wound down and the moment grew close, the wait was enlivened by more music.

…Until the Nativity scene was lit.

Minutes later, the tree.

The fir, which measures 92 feet, was donated to the Vatican by Poland. In recognition of this gift, the band played the Polish national anthem.

It's decorated with clay ornaments made by children admitted to the cancer departments of various Italian hospitals.

The Nativity scene and tree will remain lit in St. Peter's Square until January 7, 2018, the day the Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord.




With very kind permission from Rome Reports TV News Agency
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Vatican Christmas Tree Arrives in St. Peter's Square

Postby Alice » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:12 am

Pope Francis expresses gratitude for Nativity scene and giant Christmas tree

Pope Francis met in the Paul VI Audience Hall with the delegations from Poland who donated the Christmas tree and representatives from the Abbey of Montevergine, who was in charge of the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square.

Children with cancer from various hospitals also attended. These little heroes took care of the tree decorations.

POPE FRANCIS
“The tree that is projected above invites us to ascend “to the highest gifts,” to ascend higher than the fogs of confusion, to experience the beauty and happiness of being immersed in the light of Christ. In the simplicity of the Nativity scene, we see and contemplate the tenderness of God, which is manifested in the baby Jesus.”

The pope appeared happy and expressed his gratitude numerous times for the gifts that will adorn the Vatican this Christmas.

POPE FRANCIS
“Thank you for your testimony, for making these Christmas symbols even more beautiful, so that pilgrims and visitors from all over the world can admire them. Thank you! Thank you! Tonight, when the lights of the Nativity scene and Christmas tree are lit, so too will be the wishes you all have passed on with your work decorating the tree. They will be bright, and everyone will see them. Thank you!”

Before leaving, Pope Francis chose to greet some of the thousands of pilgrims there, and he even received an interesting gift.



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