Presepe in Italian means “crib” [see note below] . It is also used to describe the nativity scenes, simple or grand, that churches large and small display in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The Catholic Church in Atherton (St. Joseph’s) has a charming, simple nativity scene.
The red brick of the exterior of the church makes a lovely contrast to the cloudless blue sky.
The church interior is modest in its presentation.
The nativity scene echoes this modesty.
The presepe itself is empty, awaiting Midnight Mass, when the babe will be placed in the manger.
I wish all my readers a most happy Christmas.
Note: Please read the comment from Vera below, which explains the correct use of “Presepe”