We went to Taizé last week as we wanted to see the tableau. We had been told that the scene would feature only Mary and Joseph; the kings and shepherds would arrive after the baby is born. Right enough, a pregnant Mary was awaiting the birth and the kings on their camels were on their way. For a bit of realism there was a donkey and some sheep, live ones I mean.
So when we went to Taizé for the Christmas Eve mass the first thing we looked for was the crib and lo and behold the infant Christ had appeared.
However the wise men were still on their way, umbrellas up even though it was a beautiful starlit night.
And the shepherds were still keeping their sheep with the angel Gabriel suspended above them.
The clear cold night gave way to a beautiful day today with sunshine and blue skies. We’ll go back soon and see if the kings have managed to get as far as the stable.