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They Came Bearing Gifts

By Ann Zlotnik

Whether you refer to the newborn Christ’s gift-bearing visitors as Magi, kings or wise men, their visit from afar begins to usher out the Christmas season on the Catholic liturgical calendar and usher in Ordinary Time. Ordinary, however, is not how many would describe these travelers. Artistic depictions of them in Nativity scenes are far from ordinary as well. From feathers to frogs, Nativities from the Marian Library’s Crèche Collection represent this popular trio in vastly different ways.  

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