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2017-12-06 / Education

O’Hara High School continues Franciscan tradition


Members of Cardinal O’Hara’s Wind Ensemble practice for the concert on Dec. 20 at the high school. From left are Michael Rosina, Austin Murphy and Carlos Didas. Members of Cardinal O’Hara’s Wind Ensemble practice for the concert on Dec. 20 at the high school. From left are Michael Rosina, Austin Murphy and Carlos Didas. Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda will continue one of its longest-running traditions with a Greccio re-enactment and Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The O’Hara freshman class will re-enact Greccio, a Franciscan tradition begun by St. Francis of Assisi. The pageant depicts the events surrounding the birth of Christ.

At the performance in the school courtyard, costumed students will take part in the celebration performed in three scenes: The Annunciation, The Birth of Jesus and The Visit of the Magi.

St. Francis of Assisi, who loved to dramatize the Gospel, set up the first Christmas crib on Mt. Greccio in 1223. St. Francis built a stable in a cave behind the village church.

He brought in animals and asked a young village couple to bring their baby to lie in the manager. St. Francis led the people of Greccio in procession with their various farm animals to the grotto where the saint made the Christmas liturgy a dramatic celebration, according to the school.

At O’Hara, immediately following the Greccio re-enactment, the school’s Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Chorus and Song Corps and Dance Ensemble will present their annual concert of holiday favorites in the performing arts center. The event is free.

Prior to Greccio, the music department will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the student dining room from 4 to 6 p.m.

Eat-in or takeout is available, and tickets cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the O’Hara main office or by calling 695-2600.

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