South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, December 2, 1988 Page: 3 of 16
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December 2, 1988—3
Around the Diocese
The Bethlehem Project
The Holy Land comes to Kingsville
KINGSVILLE—During the week
of Dec. 5-11, theJ.K. Northway Ex-
position Center here will be transform-
ed into the “Little Town of
Bethlehem” at the time of the Christ
Child’s birth, 2,000 years ago. This
“First Christmas” will celebrate the
birth of Jesus and bring together the
efforts of community churches and
organizations in a weeklong pageant.
Peggy Artripe, chairperson of this
event, said it will involve about 20
churches, religious organizations,
youth groups and institutions. The
Catholic churches participating are St.
Gertrude, St. Martin, St. Joseph and
Our Lady of Good Counsel.
In addition to the various churches,
Texas A&I University, the Kingsville
Chamber of Commerce, the
Kingsville Visitor Center,
Presbyterian Pan American School,
Kingsville Naval Air Station and the
Kleberg County Parks and Recreation
Department will be among the par-
This is a community effort to em-
phasize the true meaning of Christmas
and to help educate Kingsville area
children regarding this central mystery
to the Christian faith. Many schools
have been contacted about this project
and field trips are planned. Tour
guides will be available to take groups
through the elaborate scenes.
There will be 17 shops, an
apothecary, basketweaving and rope
making, the Inn, Tent City, a Well
and Roman Guards. Everyone will be
in period costumes and will carry on
daily activities just like the First
Christmas. There will be a live Nativi-
ty Scene, a Synagogue, a Wedding
Ceremony, Children’s Choirs and
The whole Kingsville community
owes much to Professor Jim Hopson
whose idea it was and to Mrs. Artripe
and the many volunteers who have
worked so long and so hard to make
this project a success.
All are invited to attend and ex-
perience the flavor of the ancient
world, as well as to take a few
moments to think about the real pur-
pose of the Christmas celebrations.
“Since we cannot travel to the Holy
Land, how fortunate to have
Bethlehem come to South Texas.
Don’t miss the chance to see and learn
and wonder,” said organizers.
Admission is free. During the week
of Dec. 5-9, the Exposition Center will
be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On the
weekend of Dec. 10-11, the center will
be open from 2:30-8:30 p.m. For fur-
ther information or to make reserva-
tions for groups, contact the Chamber
of Commerce at 592-6438.
Representatives from many area churches participated in a preview of
the Bethlehem Project, which will be held at the J.K. Northway Exposi-
tion Center In Kingsville on Dec. 5-11.
‘The Christinas Story’ to he staged at cathedral Dec. 9
As part of the Cathedral Concert
Series, The Christmas Story will be
staged on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., at
the Corpus Christi Cathedral, 505 N.
Upper Broadway. Michael Jaffe is the
director. The concert is open to the
public at no charge.
Premiered at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in 1980 and recorded
on CBS Masterworks, The Waverly
Consort’s The Christmas Story is a
very special holiday event.
The production is based on some of
the most important medieval
manuscripts detailing the story of
Christmas. In the timeless tradition of
the medieval church dramas and
mystery plays, singers and instrumen-
talists, beautifully costumed and play-
ing reproductions of medieval in-
struments, enact the message of the ar-
changel Gabriel, the journey of the
Magi, the scene at the manger in
Bethlehem, the intrigue of Herod and
his court, and celebrate the glorious
tradition of Christmas in drama and in
The Christmas Story is fully staged
and lighted and includes many proces-
sions, the last of which provides a
moving conclusion as the celebrants
exit to the traditional hymn of
thanksgiving, Te Drum Laudamus—em-
bracing the Christmas Spirit.
A lecture and slide presentation en-
titled “Christmas: Drama for the Ages
from Medieval Spaces” will precede
this concert beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Kenneth C. Ritchie will explain the
background of the production, its texts
and music. The lecture is sponsored in
part by a grant from the National En-
dowment for the Humanities.
Ritchie is a specialist in Romance
languages and literature and has a par-
ticular interest in the relationship of
the liturgy of the Western Church to
the music of the Middle Ages. He has
collaborated with the Waverly Consort
on all of its staged presentations, and
has provided the essential elements of
the scenario for The Christmas Story.
In next week’s issue: a story about the
Clergy Conference held Nov. 28 and 29
at the Diocesan Pastoral Center
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