Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 25/12/2018

The Bliss of Christmas



Nativity Sand Sculpture

★ Novel Nativity Scene at Vatican’s St.Peter’s Square Sculpted completely out of 700 tons of Sand ★

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When a Child is Born … Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

See him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
While our hearts in love we raise;

A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds of change whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble tossed and torn …

This comes to pass, when a child is born -Gregorian Chant – O Come All Ye Faithful


Here comes the story of the Nativity Sand Scupture,before my Christmas wishes ♥

The traditional scene,not so traditional this year,depicts Joseph,Mary and the Infant Jesus surrounded by angels,shepherds,animals and the Three Wise Men.It was made with over 700 tons of sand from Jesolo,a resort town near Venice,it is 16-meter wide,5-meter tall & covers 25 square metres.

Three sand artists from Russia,Holland and the Czech Republic,worked under the direction of Rich Varano,an American professional sand artist.They worked on the site for weeks behind a screen to prevent people from seeing the scene before it was finished.

“It’s an Ephemeral Art in the sense that it is not intended to last forever,even though we could make it last indefinitely if we wanted to … ” Rich Varano

The famous artist,who has been making sand sculptures for decades,said that it was a very humbling and emotional experience to be in such a place surrounded by rich culture,history and the Art from the Masters.

The Nativity scene by the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s square next to the decorated large Christmas tree has a large overhead canopy to protect the scene from any heavy rain and plastic curtains to be lowered in case of storms or strong winds.It will remain here until January 7 /2019 and then the sand will be returned to where it came from.

Pope Francis,in thanking sponsors for the Christmas tree and the Nativity scene,said that a natural poor material,recalls the simplicity,the smallness with which God revealed himself with the birth of Jesus in the precariousness of Bethlehem.The Pope will visit & bless the Nativity scene on December 31.


★ Rejoicing the Holiness of Christmas in St. Peter’s Square ★



Christmas – Gregorian – Celebrate Christmas

The bas-relief sand sculpture of the Nativity scene is a gift of the Italian seaside resort town of Jesolo in Venice,and the 23-metre tall Red Fir Christmas Tree next to the crib is a gift of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and the diocese of Concordia-Pordenone.

Gregorian Glória Excelsis

My warmest wishes to you & yours for peace and joy this Christmastide.

It’s a special time for joyful holiday celebrations,and reflection on the many things for which we’re grateful.This time of year is a chance to give,support,help and make our world a better place.

Catholicism’s Mystical Aura against the Night skies


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Gregorian – The Sound of Silence

Moments of Peace

In Restless Dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one Dared
Disturb the Sound of Silence …

PS : St.Peter’s Basilica,the ultimate symbol of Vatican City,is one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome.

The imposing church we see today isn’t the original basilica of St.Peter.The ancient church was built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine,the Roman empire’s first Christian emperor.
By the early Renaissance,Pope Julius II made the decision to tear it down and build a new one.
Sad though as thousands of pieces of priceless,ancient art, from mosaics to statues,were destroyed.But the Papal Basilica of St. Peter,or simply St. Peter’s Basilica,built from 1506-1626,is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture in Vatican City State,the papal enclave within the city of Rome.

Well, ★ Tis the Season to be Giving ♥ Loving & Caring … ♥

There is no Religion without Love …
Give,Believe,Sparkle,be Kind,Joyful & Bright

♥ Merry Christmas to All of You who celebrate the Nativity of Christ & Love & Peace to Everyone ♥

★ May the Sweet Magic of Chrismas fills in your Heart & Soul ★


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I’ll pay some flashing visits & leave my Likes before leaving for my holidays; in full action when I come back early January ♥ ♥ ♥





  1. Dropping in dear Doda to wish you a Very Happy New Earth Year my friend.. Its been a while since I came by, and good to see you have been posting again..
    I hope all is well with you and you enjoyed a fabulous 2018 and Happy Christmas celebrations .. Sending well wishes and much love for an even better 2019..
    Loved the video shares.. The Sound of Silence a good choice.. Love these chants.. Sending Love and continued Blessings in your life dear Doda..
    Much Love ❤


  2. Great


  3. Lovely to see you on WP again my dear Doda. Beautiful, thoughtful post.


  4. What an amazing sand sculpture. I’m always amazed at these “temporary” sculptures. Love your photos and that Gregorian music. It’s fabulous. Such a wonderful time of the year! Say, if you get back to Rome, let me share this info for you and maybe you could visit while it’s open to the public. Here’s some info:

    The public is invited to a free open house from Monday, January 28, through Saturday, February 16, except for February 3 and 10. A youth devotional on Saturday, March 9, will be broadcast to all units in the Rome Italy Temple district. The temple will then be dedicated on Sunday, March 10, through Tuesday, March 12. Make reservations for the open house or dedication on

    You can always go to that website and see our new Temple in Rome!

    Anyway, I send best wishes to you and your family for this beautiful Christmas season. Hugs! 😀 ❤

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  5. A fabulous and very moving post, Doda. The sand sculpture is amazing and I’m in awe of the skill taken to create it! I’ve only seen sand sculptures once (in reality, I mean, not just pictures of them). There were several made by artists from various countries to celebrate 800 years since the Magna Carta in Lincoln in 2015.
    I love the song, The Sounds of Silence, though I’ve never heard this version before. The harmonies of Gregorian are terrific.
    Yes, it’s Christmas Day and I’m about to head back to the kitchen. The family will be here later, expecting to be fed. 😀 I wish you a very Harry Christmas, Doda and hope the new year brings you much joy.

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  6. Your words with such clarity and sweetness, I can only say Excellent and thanks for sharing!


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