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Brochure about Prague nativity scenes in English

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree requiring a census of the entire world. This was the first census to take place when Quirinius governed Syria and everyone went to their own town to register. Josef also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea to Bethlehem the town of David, because he was of the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to marry him and was with child. Her time came while they were there and she gave birth to her firstborn son, she wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no space for them under a roof."

(Gospel of Luke, Czech Ecumenical translation of the Bible)

 

BETHLEHEM

Bethlehem is a small town at the edge of the desert about 7 km from Jerusalem. During the rains the desert blooms and becomes a welcome paradise for herds of sheep and goats and then changes back to desert during the summer months. So it is no wonder that the shepherds sleeping under the sky were the first witnesses to the birth. But most importantly, Bethlehem is the place of birth of King David, who ruled at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries before the birth of Christ and was considered a model king and ruler.

 

THE CALENDAR AND CHRISTMAS

Our nativity scene reminds us of the birth of Jesus. The earliest record of a celebration of Christmas is in the Roman calendar of 354, but it is no secret that this is not the actual date of birth of Jesus, which is unknown. This was the date that Emperor Aurelius ordered be celebrated as the date of birth of the sun, in the year 275 after the birth of Christ. Christians would never have considered worshipping the sun as a god, because they believe that the true God is loving, which is why he the gives the gift of existence and life. And he even went so far as to become a man – Jesus was born as a defenceless human child. He is the real sun. But Jesus’ tale does not end in the manger, but culminates at Easter. He – God and man – assumes all human guilt, poverty and evil and dies a terrible death on the cross on behalf of each human being. But, with God’s help, he manages to overcome death and now offers all those who believe in God the gift of life. Christmas is therefore closely linked to the drama of Easter and foreshadows it in many aspects.

 

FOLK NATIVITY SCENES

The tradition of creating nativity scenes is linked to the Roman Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, where a copy of the Bethlehem cave was created in the 5th century AD. Actual nativity scenes, as we know them today, are linked to Saint Francis of Assisi, who desired to present the atmosphere of the Christmas night to all people and so he created a live nativity scene, near which he celebrated Christmas in 1223. In our lands the tradition of creating nativity scenes originated at the beginning of the Baroque period. Nativity scenes were forced out of churches and into households by the regulations of Josef II. at the end of the 18th century and so a new phenomenon and the great tradition of folk nativity scenes was born. Some of these nativity scenes even became famous over the borders of our country. Today we can see nativity scenes in churches as a matter of course, they are displayed towards the end of the Advent period, which starts on the fourth Sunday before 25 December and is a period of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ – the Messiah. They are displayed throughout the Christmas period, which begins on the evening before the celebrations of the Birth of the Lord (Christmas Eve) and ends on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ (8 January in 2017). Some churches keep the nativity scenes displayed until the Feast of the Presentation on 2 February. You can find more information about Christmas on our website at www.vanoce.vira.cz.

PRAGUE 1 – HRADČANY, CATHEDRAL OF STS. VITUS, WENCESLAS, AND ADALBERT

PRAGUE 1 – HRADČANY, CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY QUEEN OF ANGELS

PRAGUE 1 – MALÁ STRANA, CHURCH OF OUR LADY UNDER THE CHAIN

PRAGUE 1 - MALÁ STRANA, CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY VICTORIOUS AND SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA

PRAGUE 1 – MALÁ STRANA, ST. CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH

PRAGUE 1 – MALÁ STRANA, ST. THOMAS CHURCH

PRAGUE 1 - NOVÉ MĚSTO THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

PRAGUE 1 - NOVÉ MĚSTO CHURCH OF SAINT JOSEPH

PRAGUE 1 – STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF OUR LADY BEFORE TÝN

PRAGUE 1 – STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF THE MOST HOLY SAVIOUR

PRAGUE 1 - STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

PRAGUE 1 – STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF ST. HAVEL

PRAGUE 1 - STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF SAINT GILES

PRAGUE 2 – NOVÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF OUR LADY AND SAINT JEROME, SAINT CYRIL AND METHODIUS, STAIN ADALBERT AND PROKOP

PRAGUE 2 – NOVÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS

PRAGUE 2 – VYŠEHRAD, STS. PETER AND PAUL BASILICA

PRAGUE 3 – VINOHRADY, CHURCH OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF OUR LORD

PRAGUE 4 – LHOTKA, CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY QUEEN OF PEACE

PRAGUE 6 – DEJVICE, ST. MATTHEW'S CHURCH

PRAGUE 6 – LIBOC, CHURCH OF STS. FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN

PRAGUE 6 – STŘEŠOVICE, CHURCH OF SAINT NORBERT

PRAGUE 7 – HOLEŠOVICE, CHURCH OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

PRAGUE 8 – BOHNICE, CHURCH OF SAINT PETER AND PAUL

PRAGUE 8 – BOHNICE, ST. WENCESLAS CHURCH

PRAGUE 8 – KARLÍN, CHURCH OF STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS

PRAGUE 13 – STODŮLKY, CHURCH OF ST. JACOB THE ELDER

PRAGUE 13 – STODŮLKY, CHURCH OF SAINT PROKOP

PRAGUE 14 – HLOUBĚTÍN, CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE

PRAGUE 15 – HOSTIVAŘ, CHURCH OF THE BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

PRAGUE 16 – RADOTÍN, CHURCH OF STS. PETER AND PAUL

PRAGUE-ĎÁBLICE, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

PRAGUE-KOLODĚJE, CHURCH OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

PRAGUE-KUNRATICE, CHURCH OF ST. JACOB THE ELDER

PRAGUE-PETROVICE, CHURCH OF ST. JACOB THE ELDER

PRAGUE-ŠEBEROV, HRNČÍŘE, CHURCH OF ST. PROCOPIUS

 

PRAGUE 1 – HRADČANY, CATHEDRAL OF STS. VITUS, WENCESLAS, AND ADALBERT

3rd courtyard of Prague Castle

About the nativity scene: A monumental, ceramic nativity scene was chosen for the cathedral, created by Prof. Helena Johnová (*1884 Soběslav, †1962 Prague). The impetus for its creation was put forth by the Union for the Completion of the Building of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. It was to be on permanent exhibition in the chapel beneath the treasury, but its implementation was halted by the onset of World War II and the advent of the totalitarian regime. This project, conceived as a glazed nativity with ethnographic elements that were to reflect the relationship of the Slavic soul to God, was never realised. Today's nativity, comprised of 25 figures made of polychrome pottery was meant to only be provisional, but it ultimately charmed its way into the hearts and minds of the people. Part of its distinctiveness lies primarily in the non-traditional position of the Virgin Mary kneeling, embracing her child in the manger, which has been duplicated countless times. The nativity was created by sculptor Václav Andres from Prague (*17/9/1894 Moravská Chrástová, †24/6/1969). The final scenic modifications were carried out by conservator Karel Stádník.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: First king

Web: www.katedralasvatehovita.cz

GPS: 50°5'26.403"N, 14°23'59.858"E

Sunday masses: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.

Vespers prayer begins at 5:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 1 – HRADČANY, CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY QUEEN OF ANGELS

Loretánské náměstí 6

About the nativity scene: It is estimated that the oldest nativity figures may have originated as early as the 2nd quarter of the 18th century, evidently thanks to the efforts of a Capuchin Brother. He supposedly worked on the nativity for 10 years. The piece was most likely created in Bohemia by an artist familiar with the tradition of the Neapolitan vignette nativities. It is the only one of its kind in Bohemia, so a more in-depth comparison cannot be made. It is an impressive piece, with a total of 48 figurines (of which 32 are human and 16 are animal), in many cases in life size. The tallest figures are the shepherds, which measure up to 175 cm. The question of its methods of construction remains open. At the turn of the 20th century, the crib was set up at the side altar. Today's setup of the nativity scene was designed by academic sculptor and conservator Karel Stádník. The background, a valuable painting on cardstock, is from Liberec.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016 – 30/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

07/01/2017 – 29/01/2017, only Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: St. Joseph

Web: www.kapucini.cz

GPS: 50°5'23.507"N, 14°23'26.176"E

Sunday masses: 8:30 a.m.

PRAGUE 1 – MALÁ STRANA, CHURCH OF OUR LADY UNDER THE CHAIN

Lázeňská

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene is made of wood and was made in the second half of the 19th century. This classic nativity composition depicts a ramshackle hut with the Holy Family, a bullock, and a donkey. All of the figures, including the sheep, are all turned to the central point of the nativity, to baby Jesus. This is an apt reference to the meaning of Christmas: the birth of the Saviour. At its foundation, this nativity is the work of the woodcarving firm of Josef Krejčík in Prague.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

26/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Camel

Web: www.maltezskyrad.cz

GPS: 50°5'11.660"N, 14°24'23.540"E

Sunday masses: 10:00 a.m. (every 3rd SUN of the month in Latin)

PRAGUE 1 - MALÁ STRANA, CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY VICTORIOUS AND SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA

Karmelitská 9

About the nativity scene: A large, modern panel painting of a nativity scene outside, guides visitors from the tram stop to the church terrace. The nativity scene inside the church consists of the Holy Family with a bullock and donkey. This is a modern series-produced product, the material of which imitates porcelain. In some years this Holy Family is accompanied by figures of animals from an older carved nativity scene. The museum has a permanent exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world – Central and South America, Canada, the Philippines and other countries (entrance through the church, museum opening times Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., free entry)

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 8:30 a.m – 7:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 8:30 a.m – 7:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 8:30 a.m – 7:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 8:30 a.m – 7:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 8:30 a.m – 7:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Baby Jesus

Web: www.pragjesu.cz

GPS: 50°5'8.390"N, 14°24'12.392"E

Sunday masses: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. (English), 5:00 p.m. (French), 6:00 p.m. (Italian), 7:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 1 – MALÁ STRANA, ST. CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH

Vlašská 336/36

About the nativity scene: The nativity is comprised of wooden figurines approximately 15 to 30 cm tall. It was carved over a span of 10 years by folk woodcarver Jirkovský in 2000–2010. His nativity scene is based on the nativity in Pavlice in Moravia.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

25/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Woman carrying fish

Web: https://cs-cz.facebook.com/KostelKarlaBoromejskeho

GPS: 50°5'12.991"N, 14°23'46.201"E

Sunday masses: 10:00 a.m., Rosary: 9:30 a.m.

PRAGUE 1 – MALÁ STRANA, ST. THOMAS CHURCH

Josefská 8

About the nativity scene: The wooden nativity was completed most likely at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The composition is comprised of classic figures that appear in almost all nativity scenes. The atmosphere of the Night of the Nativity is emphasised by the sparse light glowing from inside the humble hut. In its centre rests baby Jesus: the Light of the World. The woodcarving work originated over one hundred years ago in Tyrol. Nativity scenes purchased from this region are characterised by their high quality carving craftsmanship and inner spiritual strength.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 3:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

25/12/2016, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Star

Web: www.augustiniani.cz

GPS: 50°5'19.292"N, 14°24'19.360"E

Sunday masses: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (Enlisch), 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 1 - NOVÉ MĚSTO, THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

Spálená 6

About the nativity scene: This is a folk nativity scene from the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše), which Mr. Jan Vrána of Jablonec nad Nisou began making for his family at the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately a significant part of the nativity scene was burnt following an accident with a pipe. His son Karel continued his work. The nativity scene was originally displayed throughout the entire Advent period at home. It currently contains thirty original figures – the manger and the Holy Family, which were supplied by granddaughter Ludmila are newer. However, the animals and ten houses, including the scenery are originals. The author’s great-granddaughters– Květka and Veronika – loaned this nativity scene to our church.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 6:45 pm. – 7:05 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Star

Web: trojica.reckokat.cz

GPS: 50°4'46.488"N, 14°25'11.453"E

Sunday masses:  Holy Liturgy of Jan Zlatoústý – 9:00 a.m.  (Old Slavonic.), 10:00 a.m. (Slovak)

PRAGUE 1 - NOVÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF SAINT JOSEPH

nám. Republiky

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene in this church of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin is a carved work credited to the family of Mr Joseph Chochola (1866 – 1918) of Příbram, who later moved to Smíchov in Prague. His workshop created not only figures for nativity scenes, but mainly puppets. His sons Joseph (in the third generation) and Adolf and Václav also carved nativity scene figures. The few preserved documents demonstrate that the poor carving trade was a family business. This is why it is not possible to determine the author of this nativity scene with certainty, even though we can assume that it was made by the son Václav. In 2016 the nativity scene will be displayed for the first time in a new arrangement, adapted for small children.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

01/01/2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Horse

Web: kapucini.cz

GPS: 50°5'19.681"N, 14°25'45.273"E

Sunday masses:  8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 1 – STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF OUR LADY BEFORE TÝN

Staroměstsné náměstí

About the nativity scene: The display is comprised of a group of wooden figurines originating from different periods on a tiered backdrop of a stylised city culminating in ramparts and battlements. The shepherd figurines have been plagued by thefts over the years, which is why they have been replaced by newer ones. The oldest figures are those of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and a number of shepherds, which originated most likely at the end of the 19th century. With the exception of the hut, none of the other older architectural elements have survived. One of the special features of this nativity is the dual conception of the Holy Family: Beginning with the Epiphany, baby Jesus in the manger is replaced by a more biblically accurate representation of a seated Virgin Mary with the baby in her lap being adored by the Magi of the East.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

25/12/2016 – 26/12/2016, 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

28/12/2016 – 30/12/2016, 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p.m.

06/01/2017, 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Woman with pastries

Additional events:

29/12/2016, 4:30 p.m. | Christmas sightseeing the church

05/01/2017, 7:30 p.m. | Christmas concert

Web: www.tyn.cz

GPS: 50°5'15.739"N, 14°25'20.712"E

Sunday masses: 9:30 a.m., 9:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 1 – STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF THE MOST HOLY SAVIOUR

Křižovnické nám.

About the nativity scene: The foundation of this nativity scene is a carved work from the workshop of Jan Procházka of Příbram. This high-quality work also contains several plaster figures. The manger is placed on the altar table of the secondary altar without architecture. The figure of the shepherd with a trumpet is interesting, because it is a reminder of the Christmas Eve trumpet music played in the Příbram Region. The nativity scene was created at the beginning of the 20th century. The workshop of Jan Procházka also created many similar nativity scenes, but this is probably the only one in Prague. The company was founded by Jan Procházka (1854 – 1944) of Příbram, and his sons Emmanuel and Josef continued in the trade. The Jesuits probably built the first nativity scene in Bohemia in 1562, in the predecessor of today’s Church of the Most Holy Saviour at Klementinum - the Church of Saint Clement. However, this nativity scene has been lost.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

01/01/2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Man with grains

Web: www.farnostsalvator.cz

GPS: 50°5'10.259"N, 14°24'53.100"E

Sunday masses:  2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 1 - STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Křižovnické nám.

About the nativity scene: The author of this carved polychrome nativity scene is academic sculptor Václav Andrés, born in 1894 in Moravská Chrástava. He was a graduate of the School of Decorative Arts in Prague and the Academy of Art. He became a painter of portraits, landscapes, still lifes and bouquets. He painted religious topics and altar paintings. He worked on several orders for the Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. He restored several paintings by Brandl, Reiner and Liška in the Order’s main building. His first sacral work was created in cooperation with the Temple Association in Pelhřimov and Master Andrés subsequently started to work on his own. He created a church nativity scene for the Order in 1937.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

27/12/2016 – 30/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Second king

Web: www.krizovnici.eu

GPS: 50°5'10.963"N, 14°24'51.531"E

Sunday masses: 9:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 1 – STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF ST. HAVEL

Havelská

About the nativity scene: Theft has plagued this nativity scene as well, which is a nativity comprised of a combination of wooden figurines of varying age. The individual figures had to be replaced throughout the years by newer ones. Just like the Týn nativity scene, the artist of this scene is unknown. The core of the nativity originated in the 19th century, and is mentioned by nativity scene expert K. Procházka in 1908. At the time, the church nativity was 30 years old, and the donor was unknown. Its architecture was completed recently, and is supplemented by a stylised paper landscape. The crib is displayed according to tradition immediately at the front entrance of the St. Wenceslas Chapel.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

27/12/2016 – 30/12/2016, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

06/01/2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

08/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Cow

Web: www.tyn.cz

GPS: 50°5'8.385"N, 14°25'19.919"E

Sunday masses: 8:30 a.m.

PRAGUE 1 - STARÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF SAINT GILES

Husova

About the nativity scene: There is a carved, wooden, subtly coloured nativity scene in this church. The manger is typically on a high cliff with a town at its edge. Some elements in the background give the impression that the author of the work could have been, at least partially František Vratislav Buk. However, the predominant part of the nativity scene must be credited to an unknown, but experienced, carver. Father K. Procházka undoubtedly mentions this nativity scene in his book “About Nativity Scenes” (1908). In January 2007 five figures were stolen and the value of this work was greatly reduced. Today, the nativity scene is built by the altar of Our Lady of the Rosary in the right-hand knave of the church.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

26/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Shepherd with staff

Web: praha.op.cz

GPS: 50°5'6.090"N, 14°25'7.291"E

Sunday masses:  9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. (Polish), 6:30 p.m.

PRAGUE 2 – NOVÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF OUR LADY AND SAINT JEROME, SAINT CYRIL AND METHODIUS, STAIN Adalbert AND PROKOP

Vyšehradská 49 (Opatství Emauzy)

About the nativity scene: At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this nativity scene – a typical example of the Beuron school of art – was made by the brothers Benitius, Gabhardus and Robert, members of the local community. The figures were made using a combined technique overlaid with papier-mâché. Prague residents loved and worshipped this nativity scene, which is also why they visited it in great numbers. The nativity scene was not destroyed during the bombing at the end of the war like the church, but some figures were lost. After 1948 the nativity scene was kept at Strahov Monastery, where it was displayed at Christmas. In 2002 it was returned to Emauzy and was displayed in the church after it was reopened in 2003. The nativity scene, with its practically life-size figures, has two versions. The first version with shepherds is displayed from Christmas Day until Epiphany, with Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph kneeling in adoration of little Jesus in his manger. On Epiphany the figures are replaced and the Magi are added and Virgin Mary is seated with a little Jesus in her lap, while Joseph stands at her side.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016 – 08/01/2017, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Smiling angel

Additional events:

08/01/2017, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ludus liturgicus in Natalitiis Domini (Emmaus liturgical Christmas performances)

Web: www.emauzy.cz

GPS: 50°4'20.380"N, 14°25'2.813"E

Sunday masses:  10:00 a.m., Vespers singing: 6:00 p.m. (Latin)

PRAGUE 2 – NOVÉ MĚSTO, CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS

Karlovo náměstí

About the nativity scene: The crib at St. Ignatius was acquired in 1949–1954. It was created by František Charvát, a sculptor and woodcarver from the Umělecký Závod pro Práce Kostelní a Dekorativní [Church and Decorative Artistic Works] in Kutná Hora. František Charvát's facility created countless custom sculpture pieces for church establishments. It also did restoration work. The captivating beauty of the large nativity scene of this church can be considered the apex of the nativity production of this facility.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

25/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

26/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

31/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Virgin Mary

Web: ignackostel.webnode.cz

GPS: 50°4'31.842"N, 14°25'15.705"E

Sunday masses: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (Latin), 5:30 p.m.

PRAGUE 2 – VYŠEHRAD, STS. PETER AND PAUL BASILICA

Štulcova

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene is comprised of 13 figures, including the Holy Family, in life size, and 5 animal figures. The figures of the Holy Family, Three Kings, angels, gift-bearers, and animals (bullock, donkey, and sheep) are carved from wood, in polychrome realistic post-Nazarene style, and originated at the end of the 19th century. The artist is unknown, however, the carving work is similar to that of Tyrolean woodcarvers. The nativity was supplemented with a stylised wooden chalet with a shingled roof. Above the nativity hangs an angel holding a banner with the words, "Gloria in excelsis Deo." The nativity scene figures were restored in the 1990s. The fine woodcarving work of the figures and the installation of the nativity ranks this among the most beautiful in all of Prague.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

14/12/2016 – 23/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

24/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

25/12/2016 – 06/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

07/01/2017 – 02/02/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Third king

Web: www.kkvys.cz

GPS: 50°3'52.040"N, 14°25'4.363"E

Sunday masses: 9:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 3 – VINOHRADY, CHURCH OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF OUR LORD

 náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene was created in 1945–1946 by painter, woodcarver, and sculptor Václav Andres (*17/9/1894 Moravská Chrástová, † around 1980). The arrangement of the nativity scene is based on the so-called Konnersreuth nativity (based on the visions of stigmatic Therese Neumann from Konnersreuth, Germany). The Holy Family resides in a cave, with sheep and shepherds pressed in around baby Jesus (a single black sheep stands facing out) with additional shepherds approaching. Above the cave, singing angels and cherubs float upon a large cloud. The nativity scene has two versions: one with a newborn Jesus wrapped in cloth, and a second, Epiphany version with an older Child sitting on the lap of the Virgin Mary, arms outstretched toward the open treasure chest of one of the kings. The entire piece is made of wood.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

27/12/2016 – 30/12/2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Stern angel

Additional events:

25/12/2016, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Czech Christmas Mass by J. J. Ryba

Web: http://srdcepane.cz/

GPS: 50°4'40.812"N, 14°27'2.665"E

Sunday masses: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 4 – LHOTKA, CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN MARY QUEEN OF PEACE

Ve Lhotce 330/36

About the nativity scene: The original Lhotka nativity scene, which was damaged at some unknown date, originated some time in 1938. Today, the only statuettes that remain of the original are the elephant, several figures, an angel, and a black child (moneyboxes). The rest come from the nativity scene that once stood in the chapel at the Krč hospital. This nativity can be seen in the television documentary by Mr Čáslavský on Masaryk's homes (Krč hospital). The hospital chapel was closed in the 1950s. This is why Vladimír Rudolf combined the two nativities. The new nativity scene was purchased during a parish trip to Domažlice in 2003. It comes from the artistic woodcarving studio, FRANC, in Třebíč.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

22/12/2016 – 23/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

24/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

25/12/2016 – 30/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 1:00 p.m. – 600 p.m.

07/01/2017 – 08/01/2017, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Elephant

Bethlehem light: 24/12/2016, 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Web: lhoteckafarnost.cz

GPS: 50°1'13.524"N, 14°26'15.228"E

Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 6:30 p.m.

PRAGUE 6 – DEJVICE, ST. MATTHEW'S CHURCH

U Matěje

About the nativity scene: In 1972, Jan Machač began his employment as a priest at St. Matthew's Church, which provided support for the mother of academic painter Helena Horálková. Out of gratitude, she then brought gingerbread figures for him to hand out to the altar boys. However, he liked them so much that he had the figures displayed at the church instead. In the following years, the unassuming gift steadily grew to breathtaking proportions. At the height of its glory, the crib boasted over 300 figurines, decorated in authentic folk costume. Today's nativity scene is the work of Horálková's apprentice, Daniel Zítek, who has been baking and decorating the nativity since 2002. The crib today numbers around 250 figures.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

also 7., 8., 14., 15., 21., 22., 28., 29. January 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Shepherd with a sheep

Web: www.matejstranti.com

GPS: 50°6'47.585"N, 14°22'38.710"E

Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 6 – LIBOC, CHURCH OF STS. FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN

Libocká

About the nativity scene: The nativity originated most likely in the late 19th century, when the new church was constructed in place of the old stone church. How long and the manner in which it was displayed is unknown. In any case, its main section lay forgotten for many years in a box in the choir loft. It was discovered during a spring cleaning approximately 15 years ago. At the time, the figurines were rather unsightly, primarily due to the numerous layers of paint that obscured the delicate moulding of the figures and hid the original colouration. Restoration efforts revealed relatively high-quality workmanship, which echoed woodcarvings from the Příbram region. Until recently, the statuettes were positioned in front of a stone cave. It was not until the reconstruction of the charnel house in 2010 that the wooden cottages were found. The figurines are carved from wood, and the polychrome is in oil on a chalk foundation.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Shepherd

Web: www.rkfliboc.cz

GPS: 50°5'13.297"N, 14°19'44.000"E

Sunday masses: 8:30 a.m.

PRAGUE 6 – STŘEŠOVICE, CHURCH OF SAINT NORBERT

Norbertov

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene by Metoděj Florian of Stará Říše is distinguished by its imaginative carving. His nativity scene is enlivened by genre pictures and each figure radiates an aura of appealing folkishness. This beautiful, and in its way rare, nativity scene is displayed in the side chapel of the Holy Apostle Phillip. The nativity scene can be approximately dated back to the middle of the 20th century. M. Florian was the organ player at the Church of Saint Margaret, where he probably carved his first nativity scene, from 1935. His abundant production of carved work began to slow in the nineteen eighties, when he lived in Moravia, and he died on 3 December in 1987 and is buried in Stará Říše.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

26/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Man with grains

Web: www.farnoststresovice.cz

GPS: 50°5'29.789"N, 14°22'40.789"E

Sunday masses:  9:30 a.m.

PRAGUE 7 – HOLEŠOVICE, CHURCH OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

Strossmayerovo náměstí

About the nativity scene: The Slavic nativity scene was created by academic sculptor Václav Cvekl, and the backdrop by Karel Štapfer. The history of Cvekl's nativity begins around 1904. The nativity scene was gradually supplemented with folk-costumed figurines of other Slavic nations. The nationalistic conception of this nativity scene has garnered attention in the U.S., Japan, and Spain. The crib was saved from exportation abroad by parish priest Silvestr Hrnčíř, who bought it for the then newly constructed Church of St. Anthony, which has been the home of the crib since 1923. The nativity scene is typical in its aim to bring the biblical story to our nation, and allow believers to become - in the figurative sense - one of those who have come to kneel before the newborn Redeemer.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Girl carrying cloth

Web: http://www.svatyantonin.cz/

GPS: 50°5'55.590"N, 14°26'6.490"E

Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 8 – BOHNICE, CHURCH OF SAINT PETER AND PAUL

Bohnická 4/30

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene in the Church of Saint Peter and Stain Paul consists of polychrome wood figures from the middle of the 20th century. The clear colours of the fifteen centimetre tall shepherds bearing gifts, the Magi from the East and the Holy Family are enjoyed by children and adults every year. This nativity scene is usually successfully displayed in the architecture of the Holy Sepulchre in the left knave of the church. This is a remarkable professional work, based on folk traditions. A gingerbread nativity scene, baked by mothers and children from the local parish, will also be displayed.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 02:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 02:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 02:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Sheep

Web: www.farnostbohnice.cz

GPS: 50°8'3.790"N, 14°24'57.489"E

Sunday masses:  9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 8 – BOHNICE, ST. WENCESLAS CHURCH

Ústavní

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene for St. Wenceslas Church was created by the patients of the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital (PNB) under the guidance of art therapist Evženie Tomková Towen in the 1990s. In addition to this ceramic nativity, paper, textile, or wooden nativity scenes are on display each year as well, created by patients as a part of their therapy programme.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

31/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

01/01/2017, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

06/01/2017, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Smiling angel

Bethlehem light:

24/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Web: http://www.bohnice.cz/zakladni-informace/kostel-sv-vaclava/

GPS: 50°8'6.590"N, 14°25'27.592"E

Sunday masses: 10:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 8 – KARLÍN, CHURCH OF STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS

Karlínské náměstí

About the nativity scene: The canvas nativity scene landscape hangs on the wall. The cave is made of wood.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

26/12/2016, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Man with goat

Web: www.farnost-karlin.cz

GPS: 50°5'28.990"N, 14°26'53.189"E

Sunday masses: 9:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m.

PRAGUE 13 – STODŮLKY, CHURCH OF ST. JACOB THE ELDER

Kovářova

About the nativity scene: The plaster nativity scene is a replica of the original, one-hundred-year-old nativity, which was stolen from the church in the 1990s.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

25/12/2016, 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

26/12/2016, 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

31/12/2016, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

01/01/2017, 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Standing woman

Bethlehem light:

23/12/2016, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

24/12/2016, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Web: centrumbutovice.cz

GPS: 50°2'57.390"N, 14°18'46.091"E

Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

PRAGUE 13 – STODŮLKY, CHURCH OF SAINT PROKOP

V Hůrkách 1292/8

About the nativity scene: This nativity scene was created by the parishioners themselves with the guidance of artist Lucie Fričová. Children and adults gathered after Sunday Mass and created the papier-mâché heads. These were then painted and sewn onto stuffed socks, which were placed over old bottles. The mothers sewed clothes and the children clothed the figures, the girls attached hair made from tow and arranged it. A shed, town, sheep, bullock and donkey were made from paper boxes and newspaper using the papier-mâché technique. A young parishioner then fitted lights to the nativity scene.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

31/12/2016, 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Donkey

Bethlehem light:

23/12/2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

24/12/2016, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Web: www.centrumbutovice.cz

GPS: 50°2'59.273"N, 14°20'43.738"E

Sunday masses:  9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 14 – HLOUBĚTÍN, CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE

Hloubětínská

About the nativity scene: This nativity scene comes from the workshop of F.V Buk and was carved by him. It was created in this Prague workshop at the beginning of the 20th century. The rich scene of Christ’s Nativity is arranged very carefully in the Church of Saint George. It includes a picture of the Adoration of the Shepherds and the Adoration of the Three Magi.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

01/01/2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Little boy

Web: http://farnosthloubetin.webnode.cz/

GPS: 50°6'12.532"N, 14°32'4.769"E

Sunday masses:  8:30 a.m.

PRAGUE 15 – HOSTIVAŘ, CHURCH OF THE BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Domkářská

About the nativity scene: This smaller-scale nativity is displayed in the back of the church throughout the entire Christmas season. The diminutive nativity scene figurines are the masterful woodcarving workmanship of Josef Krejčík from Prague. He was the owner of an established woodcarving workshop active in Prague at the turn of the 20th century. We can stand before nativity scenes by this same artist in a number of Prague churches, but the figures are typically taller. However, it is the diminutiveness of the figures in this church that make this nativity so appealing.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Sheeps

Additional events:

25/12/2016, 5:00 p.m. – Live nativity scene in front of the church

Web: www.centrumhostivar.cz

GPS: 50°2'56.602"N, 14°31'28.088"E

Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

PRAGUE 16 – RADOTÍN, CHURCH OF STS. PETER AND PAUL

náměstí Sv. Petra a Pavla

About the nativity scene: From the nativity scene chronicle: During the Christmas holidays, a crib was purchased for the church from the local workshop of F. Šenk, based on the Seling model, for 216 crowns 15 halers, for which, upon the request of the independent parish organisation, the sum of 100 crowns was donated by a certain benefactor, 60 crowns were acquired through church collections, and the remaining sum was paid by the independent parish organisation. This crib was displayed on the side altar of St. John (in 1917). In order to make masses more enticing, the priest, with his own funds, purchased a tapestry for the main altar, and two matching runners for weekdays, as well as four new brass candlesticks and artificial flowers. The crib was augmented by new statuettes in the amount of 300 crowns, which he also paid for using his own funds (in 1926). The nativity scene was restored in 2013 by Ms Maryna Učíková from Prague. Based on this fine model, the F. Šenk company produced these same figurines in larger rendition for other churches as well.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

25/12/2016, 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

26/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Sheepdog

Bethlehem light:

23/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Web: www.trs-farnosti.cz

GPS: 49°58'54.091"N, 14°21'44.989"E

Sunday masses: 8:30 a.m.

PRAGUE-ĎÁBLICE, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

U Parkánu 4

About the nativity scene: This nativity scene is comprised of a wooden stable (120 x 50 cm), in which kneels the Virgin Mary, holding Baby Jesus, and Joseph. A pair of shepherds stand in front of the nativity. The figures are approximately 30 cm tall, made of resin (post-2000). The atmosphere of the Night of the Nativity is enhanced by the light inside the stable: a fire, by which the Holy Family warms itself. The entire nativity scene is embellished with evergreens.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

25/12/2016, 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

26/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

02/01/2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Kneeling woman

Web: www.kapledablice.cz

GPS: 50°8'54.188"N, 14°29'6.339"E

Sunday masses: 10:30 a.m. (once every two weeks, http://www.kapledablice.cz/kalendar)

PRAGUE-KOLODĚJE, CHURCH OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Lupenická 43

About the nativity scene: Until recently, the church used to feature carved wooden figurines of painted wood, whose size corresponded to the "nativity landscape." However, during one of the church break-ins, these figurines were stolen, leaving only the landscape - the backdrop. A benefactor supplied a temporary, simple nativity scene made from plaster or similar material, which, unfortunately, does not cover the entire area set up for the nativity, since the former set comprised of many more figurines. The current Koloděje nativity scene is, therefore, more of a humble representative of the former one, with which local historians and younger generations alike were familiar and continue to remember. It is our hope to acquire another wooden carved nativity scene once again in the future. It should not be a simple Christmas church decoration, but rather a sign that the house of God is a hospitable abode for all.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Old man with bread

Web: www.kolodeje.farnost.cz

GPS: 50°3'36.432"N, 14°38'24.922"E

Sunday masses: 9:00 a.m., every 3rd SUN of the month also at 10:30 a.m. for families with children

PRAGUE-KUNRATICE, CHURCH OF ST. JACOB THE ELDER

Kostelní náměstí

About the nativity scene: The plaster nativity scene originated in the late 19th century. It was created in the workshop of the company of B. Müller. Restoration work in 2000 was conducted by Karel Hasse.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

25/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

31/12/2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

01/01/2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Woman carrying fishes

Web: www.farnostkunratice.cz

GPS: 50°0'47.259"N, 14°29'1.096"E

Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.

PRAGUE-PETROVICE, CHURCH OF ST. JACOB THE ELDER

Edisonova

About the nativity scene: The Petrovice nativity scene has a decade-long tradition. Its author is MUDr. Jiřina Němcová. "From the very onset," she says, "the idea was for the piece to appeal primarily to all of the children of the parish." However, over time, it became obvious that it appealed to more than just the children. The nativity scene is constructed from photographs. The landscape is made up of Petrovice and Horní Měcholupy houses and schools, the shepherds are people that attend the local church. It is set up at the beginning of advent, and gradually fills up with stars and angels, which symbolise prayers, good deeds, and gifts or mercy from God. Later it is enlivened by the shepherds as well, during Christmas mass by the star and the Holy Family, and on the feast of the Epiphany, the Three Kings appear. It currently features approximately 600 figures of parishioners: those who are still on this earth, as well as those who have already departed to be with the Lord. And thus they all form a single, enduring, interwoven parish community.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

24/12/2016, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

25/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

26/12/2016, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

also open 30 minutes prior to Holy Mass.

Nativity scene figurine: Little girl

Web: farnost.petrovice.org

GPS: 50°2'1.838"N, 14°33'19.066"E

Sunday masses: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. till the end of 2016, then 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.

PRAGUE-ŠEBEROV, HRNČÍŘE, CHURCH OF ST. PROCOPIUS

K Šeberovu

About the nativity scene: The nativity scene in the Hrnčíře church is comprised of plaster figurines of the Holy Family, shepherds, sheep, a bullock, and a donkey. The figurines are 20 cm tall. The byre is made of wood with a straw roof. The artist and age of the nativity scene are unknown.

Nativity scene visiting hours:

25/12/2016, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

26/12/2016, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

01/01/2017, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Nativity scene figurine: Virgin Mary

Web: www.farnostkunratice.cz

GPS: 49°59'58.425"N, 14°30'59.966"E

Sunday masses: 11:00 a.m.

 

CHRISTMAS GAME

“BUILD YOUR OWN NATIVITY SCENE”

There will be one paper nativity scene figure available at each church in this brochure as a small gift for children – a total of thirty types of figure (while stocks last) will be available. This nativity scene was created by artist Františka Vandasová using the silk painting technique. A summary of figures and scenery to print-out, along with additional information, is available at www.krestanskevanoce.cz.

Please do not disturb church services. You can also find more information about Christmas on the website at www.vanoce.vira.cz.

 

ART COMPETITION

The Pastoral Centre of the Archbishopric of Prague announces a children’s art competition for the most beautiful picture of a nativity scene figure. This picture can be created using any art technique in A4 format. Give the name of the author, age, address and contact e-mail address on the back. This competition is for children aged 15 years and under and has three categories (6 years and under, 10 years and under and 15 years and under). By sending a picture to the competition you give your consent to its further use for the purpose of exhibition or presentation by the Pastoral Centre of the Archbishopric of Prague. The competition will be held from 25/12/2016 until 02/02/2017.

Please send pictures to Pastorační středisko, Thákurova 3, 160 00 Praha 6 and write “betlémská postavička” (Bethlehem figure) on the envelope. Three pictures in each category will be awarded a prize. We will reward their authors with a lovely book.