Two parishes in Vietnam have erected special nativity scenes for Christmas – one with a model of a field hospital and the other made from old tires – calling on people to show their love to those in need during the COVID pandemic -19.
Jan 07, 2022
The nursery at the field hospital in front of Ganh Hao Church in the Dong Hai district of Bac Lieu province. (Photo courtesy of Giao Xu Ganh Hoa-Giao Phan Can Tho’s Facebook)
HANO: Two parishes in Vietnam have erected special nativity scenes for Christmas – one with a model of a field hospital and the other made from old tires – calling on people to show their love to those in need during the COVID pandemic -19.
Catholics in Ganh Hao Parish recently made a model hospital for COVID-19 patients in front of their church as a Christmas crib. The large colorful crib is called Ganh Hao Hospital of Love.
Father Joseph Nguyen Van Truc, pastor of Ganh Hao Church, said everyone continued to fight the pandemic. Frontline forces – medics, soldiers and volunteers – work tirelessly to save the victims.
“We chose to create the manger in a modern style, depicting the scene of the birth of Jesus in a field hospital, where COVID-19 patients are received and treated,” Father Truc said, adding that traditional nurseries depict the birth of Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem in the Holy Land, while the modern version describes nativity scenes in specific contexts.
The 40-year-old priest said that the theme of the parish nursery was Acting Together for Love, which was inspired by the theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.
He said that all of the life-size figures in the hospital nursery performed their duties out of love for others.
He said that two caregivers with two wings at the door of the hospital symbolize angels who in the past have said “Glory to God in the highest heavens and peace on earth to people of good will”, and today take care of patients. They truly deserve to be honored as angels during the pandemic.
Medically dressed magi to the left of the manger, who traveled long distances on camels to worship Jesus in the past, now hunt down infections and take them to hospitals. They went to serve the patients faithfully.
Father Truc said the Magi are offering vaccines, medicines, face masks and disinfectants that the world badly needs, rather than gold, frankincense and myrrh.
An ambulance to the right of the manger shows a picture of a synodal church where all people are invited to love one another and willingly provide loving care to those in need.
He said everyone is heading to the center of the manger where Baby Jesus is in a hospital bed, sharing the pain of human beings. He is infected with COVID-19, so his parents, Mother Marie and Saint-Joseph in medical gear, take care of him.
He said that above the head of Jesus is a background with a bronze drum, a symbol of the national culture, which means that Jesus is also Vietnamese and brings peace to the world and to Vietnam too .
The crib is decorated with two Christmas trees of masks and jars of used vaccines, the best way to prevent contagion.
Parishioners in Luu My in north-central Vietnam’s Nghe An province erected a 20-meter Christmas tree made from some 1,000 used tires, many of which were left behind by migrant workers who escaped southern provinces to avoid COVID-19. A large nativity scene and the area surrounding the church are also decorated with used tires.
Father Anthony Hoang Trung Hoa, parish priest who initiated the special nurseries, said they intended to remind people of the terrible hardships millions of national migrants endured when they traveled by motorbike from Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces to their homes. avoid the protracted pandemic which has had a huge impact on the lives of most people, especially the poor and marginalized. – ucanews.com