IT’S “LIGHTS ON” FOR CHRISTMAS TREE IN ST PETER’S SQUARE
The Vatican Christmas tree was officially illuminated late this afternoon and the following slide show is composed of photos taken by EWTN’s own Daniel Ibanez:
The following story and photo about the nativity scene and tree is from vaticannews.va
VATICAN INAUGURATES THE NATIVITY SCENE IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE
On Thursday, December 5, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello and Bishop Fernardo Vérgez Alzaga, respectively president and secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State, inaugurated the Nativity scene and the illumination of the Christmas tree in Saint Peter’s Square.
The crib comes from comes from Scurelle in the province of Trento, while the 26-meter (85 feet) high spruce tree comes from Rotzo in the province of Vicenza, Italy. The Nativity Scene, which has been made in the Trentino tradition, contains 20 life-size figures.
Both the tree and the crib are linked to the storm that struck many areas of the Triveneto region in Italy in October and November of 2018.
Meanwhile, the Pare di Conegliano Artistic Crib Group from the province of Treviso has been tasked with setting up the Nativity Scene inside Paul VI Hall. This crib will be full of references to the Veneto region and is a gift to Pope Francis.
The wooden statues are 120 centimeters high (47 inches) and are entirely carved by hand. The Holy Family will find hospitality in a nineteenth-century Gothic inspired structure.
The artistic lighting system will have low environmental impact thanks to adjustable LEDs in the light intensity.
Like the tree and the crib in St. Peter’s Square, the crib in the Paul VI Hall will remain on display until January 12, 2020.