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Bishop Quinn blesses new nativity scene at Saint Marys Hospital

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Dozens attended a ceremony in front of Saint Marys Hospital on Tuesday, as Bishop John Quinn blessed the new nativity scene.

The scene of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the manger is one that has always been displayed at the hospital before Christmas, but on a much smaller scale.  So, the Saint Marys Hospital Auxiliary started working to replace the "Creche," or nativity, earlier this year.

"This is a religious place-there's a lot of miracles that happen here," said Pat Schwartzhoff, a board member of the Auxiliary.  "I think that's important that we keep that in mind. This is the reason we celebrate Christmas-this is the birth of Jesus."

The stable was built by the Saint Marys Hospital Carpentry Shop.  The carpenters even added security measures hidden within the statues to prevent theft.

"I think it brings a lot of comfort to patients here at the hospital and they're just awed when they see it," said Sister Lauren Weinandt.  "They say prayers before it. And it brings a lot of happiness and comfort to the patients."

The nativity scene will be displayed in front of the hospital until Jan. 6, the day of the Epiphany.  This is one of the oldest Christian celebrations marking the day the Three Kings visited the newborn Jesus Christ.

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