A night in Bethlehem

The angel Gabriel (Liam Mulherin) appears to the Virgin Mary (Bernadette-Rose Santini) during last weekend’s “Journey to Peace and a Night in Bethlehem,” held on the grounds of Saint Isidore Church, Christ the Good Shepherd Parish in Vineland. On Saturday and Sunday night, the church grounds were transformed into a Bethlehem village for the family-friendly event. In the parish hall, visitors interacted with costumed vendors hawking their wares and skills such as apothecaries, bread-making, carpentry, and incense. Outside, the cold night was warmed and brightened by the re-telling of the Nativity Story through different live action scenes like the Visitation, the Wise Men with King Herod, and Jesus’ birth in a manger, complete with live farm animals.
Photo by Peter G. Sánchez