Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

SOPHRONIUS OF JERUSALEM (ca. 600 A.D.)
The Manger with Child Jesus

The Manger with Child Jesus

The manger, where the Virgin Mary layed down her child (Luke 2:7) inside the grotto of Bethehem, was always a specially important pilgrim site. Origen, in the first half of the 3rd century A.D., speaks about it as a special place well known also to the non-Christian inhabitants of the town. The same traditional manger belongs today to the Franciscans, and at Christmas time a small statue of the Child Jesus, of beautiful Spanish workmanship, is put there to recall the faithful of the mistery of Incarnation.

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