A few days ago, I finally made the trip to the Madeleine Church to see how the digital Jesus of Gaëtan Duthu looks like and here he is – a picture of a real baby!
And since we are on the topic of Christmas Nativity – and believe me we are not yet late in talking about it as the displays are still on exhibit for another week or so – here are my photo collection, the result of my Creche de Noel exploration around Paris churches since December:
Saint Joseph Artisan Church
(214 rue La Fayette, 10th)
The “Creche of Solidarity” in Saint Joseph Artisan Church is surrounded by used fruit boxes.
For the homeless who sleep in cardboard boxes, today, you don’t have to be cold or hungry. Give us this day our daily bread…
Outside the Saint Joseph Artisan Church
An impressive 15 square meter Provençal village consisting of 1000 tiny figurines showing people doing their daily tasks as well as biblical episodes such as the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus, the visitation, walking to Bethlehem and the flight into Egypt.
The birth of Jesus
Departure from Nazareth to Bethlehem
The Anunciation – when the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she is going to give birth to the son of God.
Working in salt mines
The flight to Egypt
Eglise François Xavier
(place du Président-Mithouard, 7th)
A Provençal Christmas nativity consisting of 500 figurines donated by parishioners and put into place by Yvan Audouard (1960).
Parish of Saint Jean Baptiste de Grenelle
(14 Place Etienne Pernet, 15th)
Notre Dame Cathedral
(6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul-II)
A Sicilian-style nativity comprising 25 square meters, designed by Salvatore Milazzo, master craftsman of the city of Caltagirone, Italy and under the artistic direction of Michele Salvetteri.
….and for those of you who love collecting Christmas nativities, the shop inside Notre Dame Cathedral is a good place to get them, here is a sample: