Nativity Scene to Return to Chicago and Springfield


On Saturday, November 27th at 11 a.m. in Chicago and on Tuesday, November 30th at 12 p.m. in Springfield, tradition will continue, despite “Political Correctness” to eradicate the “Reason for the Season” across the United States. Families are invited to gather in both cities to celebrate the birth of Jesus as the nativity scene is displayed. See details below for each city.

Chicago:

On Saturday, November 27th at 11:00 a.m. families will gather in Daley Plaza at Dearborn and Washington Streets in downtown Chicago, to celebrate the annual dedication of the Chicago Nativity Scene.

“The Nativity Scene has been an annual tradition in Daley Plaza since 1985 when the beautiful life size crèche was first displayed,” said Terrance Hodges, co-chair of the Nativity Scene Committee.

“This remains the sole religious expression of Christmas on a government plaza in downtown Chicago,” said Hodges. “The God Squad, a group of volunteer tradesmen, will erect the stable and install the lighting as they have for the past twenty-four years.”

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, will bless the Crèche. Other members of the clergy will offer prayers to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The children in attendance will have the honor of placing the Baby Jesus in His manger, marking the continued return of the Christ Child to His rightful place in the hearts of the Chicago community.

The bell choir from Santa Maria del Popolo Catholic Church in Mundelein, Illinois, will ring in the sacred season, along with the singing of Christmas hymns.

Daley Plaza is a popular destination for Chicagoans and visitors to wrap themselves in the Christmas spirit throughout the festive season. The Nativity Scene Committee invites all Chicago area families to join them on Saturday, November 27th, to inaugurate the Christmas season or to stop by the Daley Plaza to visit the Christ Child when they come downtown to enjoy the decorations.

The Nativity Scene will remain in Daley Plaza throughout the Christmas season.

Springfield:

On November 30th, 2010, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will again host a display depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. For the third year in a row, the crèche will stand in the center of the State Capitol Rotunda Building located at South 2nd Street & East Capitol Avenue in Springfield, Illinois.

In 2008, the SNSC made history when the Sec. of State’s office granted a permit to the group, allowing a Nativity Scene to go on display in the Capitol for the first time in state history. The exhibit is the only such display to stand in a state capitol across the entire United States. The crèche and manger scene will stand in the Illinois Rotunda, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution which provides for such religious expression in the public square–as long as such displays are privately-funded and temporary in nature.

The SNSC’s primary goal is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A secondary mission of the group is to inform the public regarding the constitutionality of such expressions of faith in the public square.

The Chicago-based Thomas More Society will, once again, provide financial and legal support for the SNSC.

The Nativity Scene will be officially unveiled in a ceremony beginning at 12 Noon on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010. Christmas carols will be performed by the combined choirs of St. Alexander Catholic Church of Villa Park. An invocation will be given by the Rev. Bernie Lutchman of Business Men In Christ (Springfield).

Short speeches will be given by Springfield Nativity Scene Committee members, including Daniel T. Zanoza, Chairman; Thomas Brejcha, Esq., SNSC’s legal counsel and President of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society; David E. Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute; and Beth Rogers, an influential pro-family activist from Springfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the opening day ceremony will be Julie Zanoza of Lincoln.

The Nativity scene will be on display during normal business hours from November 30th through Christmas.

News Release Courtesy of Illinois Family Institute

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Why Is The Nativity Scene Sometimes Called A “Cresh”

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Q: Why is the Nativity scene sometimes called a “Cresh”

A: “Cresh”  (Crèche) is the French word for “crib”.