“…And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger…” (Luke 2:6-7)
Highlights of the feast
Morning of the 6th: the Patriarchal procession from the Old City to the Monastery of Mar Elias and thence to the Church of the Nativity*
via the Bethlehem checkpoint. Midnight - Divine Liturgy is held at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem*.
Related sites worth visiting:
• Shepherds Field - The sanctuary of “Kenisat er-Ruwat” in Bet-Sahur*.
• The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem*.
• Mar Elias Monastery on the main road,
halfway between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.