Today we had our yearly Nativity play by the younger members of our congregation aided by a few of the more elderly.

This year however it wasn’t so historically accurate. We had two female magi and no shepherds (partly due to the fact she forgot her lines but I believe it was because she felt it was too cold for her sheep to travel to the nave alter, I mean manger).

It was acted out this year through mime and rhyme, Joseph had a few cups of tea and we had the  Arch angel Gabriel and the star doing a mini version of “Heads, Shoulders, Knee and Toes”.

Yet ever year I think of what it would have been like that cold evening for the expectant parents: tired, weary, fearful yet I believe, ready. Bless Mary, the young girl, and from all accounts we’ve come to realise she may have been as young as 14, who accepted the role as Mother to the Saviour of the world.

Think about the same situation into our society today, let me break it down this way: a young mother unexpectedly pregnant, a young man thrust into fatherhood before he was thinking about it. We see it all the time, young parents, but we walk past them and, I think unintentionally sometimes, sneer or look down at them, without knowing their story, how can we do this to them and yet praise our Lord and light an Advent candle today for His mother Mary, who on the face of it, were in a very similar situation.

3 thoughts on “Nativity

  1. I was thinking along the same lines this morning. We no longer stone young girls who get pregnant, but we exactly care for them either.

    As for female Magae — surely just in honour of Hagia Sophia, no? Highly appropriate.

  2. The Magi are masculine plural. Any group containing one man, or one masculine member, will, in both Greek and Latin, automatically take the masculine plural. If one takes the Bible as a matter of the written words (;) ) we therefore know only that one of a group of two or more persons was male. Logic dictates that one might, therefore, have had one male Magi, and five women, and still have have a masculine-gendered group.

    When I used to make crib sets, I employed the myth of magi of different nations. I had a male Chinese magi, an African chief, and an Indian widow. She was being shown the Christ child by a barefoot shepherd-child, whose mother, I reasoned, would have been on the scene much earlier, while the burly father knelt by the fragile Chinese visitor.

    But I agree with the disgraceful way we treat children as thought they were accessories to be afforded, rather than the building block of healthy life. Badly expressed

  3. How do you mean “badly expressed” Rosemary?

    Ah yes, I have seen a lot of depictions of the multi-nationed Magi, I think it would have been similar to that, possibly more than the usual 3, coming from afar.

    Thats often what my church is like, multi-national, most Sundays.

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