Holy spirit

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit builds a nativity scene

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – A team of about 20 men worked on the construction of this display. The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit decided to build the stable eight months ago, after Pope Francis asked parishes to put a new emphasis on nativity scenes.

Father Joshua Ehli said the Nativity scenes are important reminders of what the Christmas season is like: “It is important for us to see, touch and come closer to the reality that we celebrate this Christmas from. fear of forgetting what Christmas is: it is about God becoming man in the most tender and humble form of a baby.

The wood used for the stable completes the Christmas story. The wood used comes from an abandoned calving barn.

“He was born in a place where animals fed, so this barn was a place where animals fed and calved,” Ehli said.

Although the wood makes a perfect setting for this Nativity display, it posed some challenges during the construction.

“The barn wood itself is quite fragile so it was a bit of a challenge, but I think we made everything secure,” said John Berger of the Knights of Columbus.

This nativity scene is different from all the other Christmas exhibits in Bismarck because it is interactive.

“We wanted him to be big enough for people to come in. So he invites people on the street to come very close to baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary,” Ehli said.

The public is invited to tour the interior of the stable and to reach out and touch the statues for a more intimate Christmas experience.

Father Ehli said the exhibit is not just for cathedral parishioners, anyone in the community, regardless of their beliefs, is welcome to visit the site.

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