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Traditionally, the Heverlee nursing home celebrated a Christmas festivity in which all the nursing and service staff are closely involved. Especially the Eucharist is a particularly warm communal celebration. 

During the word service the Christmas story is depicted alive. 

The youngest nurse recruited was to be Mary. She seemed to have stepped out of a painting by the Italian painter Raphael... The gardener accompanied her as Joseph, in Bedouin clothes.

At the start of the celebration they walked into the church and are taken by a winged angel to the stable next to the choir.

There Mary puts her child in a woven basket.

Then the shepherds arrive but unfortunately without sheep.

Meanwhile, the choir sings Christmas songs and the Christmas story is read by other members of the nursing staff.

At the end of the celebration an old brother found his tenor voice again to sing Silent Night, assisted by two remarkable soprano voices. Our minister can testify with how much pleasure rehearsals were attended and with female creativity for appropriate clothing was sought.

During the celebration there was joy on everyone's face to read even if one is Muslim or has little knowledge of Catholic liturgy.

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