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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nativity in Mayfair
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¬†The Jesuits of Farm Street in central London are ensuring the real meaning of Christmas is seen on the streets of the capital by erecting a massive painting of the Nativity on the side of the church. The 20' by 15' mural shows the Adoration of the Shepherds, painted by Caravaggio in 1609 for the Capuchin Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Messina. It shows the Virgin Mary cradling the infant Jesus on the floor of the stable, with Joseph and the shepherds looking on. Parish Priest, Father William Pearsall SJ, says the work of art was chosen very deliberately. "What I particularly like about this painting is the way it expresses poverty and simplicity ≠ something that comes from the fact Caravaggio painted it for the Capuchins. But we also needed to select something that was tasteful and blended naturally with the style of the church and the neighbourhood," said Fr Pearsall. "This is our way of taking the message of Christmas onto the streets of Mayfair ≠ particularly for those who are out shopping or clubbing. It's our crib on the streets." The mural is made from weatherproof fabric and is floodlit at night. It is clearly visible as shoppers turn their backs on Oxford Street and head towards Mount Street. It will remain in place until the end of the Christmas season. Source: Jesuit Communications
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