There’s nothing quite like a live Nativity scene. Some poor churchgoers shivering in costumes meant for a much hotter country, hopefully warmed by good cheer and discreet heaters. However, some churches bring their nativity indoors, and it was one nativity scene in Queens, New York where the manger was put to good use once again, this time by a mother in need. A live newborn baby was discovered in the manger at a church nativity scene in Queens.
In Catholic tradition, the manger or creche is typically left empty until Christmas Eve, when the baby Jesus is revealed. However, this baby ended up making a debut a little early, and while it’s not the baby Jesus, it is a wonderful thing for both the child and for the church. Churches in New York are considered safe places, where babies can be dropped off for up to 30 days after birth. This particular baby is a newborn as evidenced by the attached umbilical cord; according to officials at Jamaica Hospital, the baby is going to be healthy and fine. Churchgoers are already lining up to adopt the baby.
“What went through my head was that first God in his prominence allowed this crèche to be put up early, and the second was that this woman in her time of need would see in this crèche as a safe haven for the child,” said Father Christopher Heanue of Holy Child Jesus Church. “I really see it as Pope Francis does. He called this a year of mercy and what better way to be merciful than to find a home for someone.”
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