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Living Manger at St. Mark's in Sussex Corner
The Living Manger set for
Sunday in Sussex Corner

By Gisele McKnight

The animals have been booked. The choir is rehearsing. The cast has been chosen.

By now, this year’s Living Manger in Sussex Corner had better have found a baby Jesus.

Last year, it was the infant grandson of Rev. Allen Tapley, rector at the Parishes of Waterford and St. Marks, who played that role.

“It’s always left up to me to get the babies,” said Mr. Tapley. “We try to get two.”
The Living Manger, in its entire 25-year history, has always had a real baby to play the role of the Christ child. This year will be no exception, according to Mr. Tapley.

The production takes place at St. Marks Anglican Church in Sussex Corner Sunday, Dec. 21, with performances at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cookies are served to the audience after the 7 p.m. performance. The show lasts about 30 minutes.

It begins with the choir, followed by the appropriate Bible readings as the cast of characters and animals — angels, wise men, shepherds, sheep, goats, alpacas, and of course, Joseph with Mary on a donkey — enter on cue.

It is literally a live depiction of Luke, chapter 2 acted out in scripture and song in the yard at St. Marks, with as many as 300 in the audience sitting on straw bales. For some, it is the only religious aspect of their Christmas.


Gisele McKnight is communications officer for the Diocese of Fredericton.


Diocesan Communications
16 December 2014