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Family Christmas in Arequipa: They lived a special night at the gates of the birth of Jesus

“Let us rejoice together, because no one will ever be able to put out this light, the light of Jesus, which shines in the world from tonight,” said Pope Francis at the Christmas Eve Mass (2021).  This is what families, young people and our brothers from the white city, in southern Peru, experienced, gathered in our Sodalit community to celebrate Christmas, on the eve of December 24th.

Celebrating in the Sodalit community of Arequipa – Peru.

Celebrating in the Sodalit community of Arequipa – Peru.

For the Portugal Begazo family, this moment organized by the Christian Life Movement served to “increase the desire to continue caring for the heart in grace for the birth of the child God in our hearts”.

A plasticine baby Jesus

The celebration began with a community prayer and then the participants were asked to create a nativity scene with various materials distributed.

Small details are part of God’s language.  This is how putting together a small nativity scene as a family enriched the experience of the Portugal Begazos, increasing the desire to take care of their hearts for the birth of the child God.

Gonzalo Portugal and Claudia Begazo, members of the group that won the Nativity scene contest, recounted how they lived that moment with their daughters Estefanía and Rafaela.

“We had to assemble a nativity scene in a group of five people, with materials that they presented us to choose from.  As there were only four of us, we invited a young woman to join our family for that night, which she very gladly accepted”.

Portugal Begazo family showing the winning manger.

Portugal Begazo family showing the winning manger.

“We chose plasticine as the main material, we modeled each character, we recreated the small stable to the creativity of the whole group and it was presented by our daughters, the experience was significant for each one of us since it was embodied in emotion, creativity, joy, fraternity”, relate Gonzalo and Claudia.

“We didn’t want it to end”.

At another time the Christmas celebration was filled with joy at the time of the presentation of the Christmas carols.  Those who have experienced a moment like that, singing out loud and accompanying with clapping, can imagine how the children lived that occasion together with their parents, young people and Sodalits.

Families, young people and sodalits singing and dancing Christmas carols

Families, young people and sodalits singing and dancing Christmas carols.

Music is very present in the Sodalit apostolate, “music has the power to drive us to meet and be faithful to the Lord Jesus”, recalls our brother José Antonio Dávila, author of witnesses, in an interview.

“That night of Christmas carols, which by the way we did not want to end and we asked for more songs, reminded us that as a family at home we must not forget to adore the newborn king who came with humility and for us”, commented Gonzalo.