National Geographic : 1952 Dec
+ Greek Priest Lights Bethlehem's Candles This door in the Church of the Nativity admits pilgrims to the grotto (right), tradi tional scene of the birth of Jesus. The priest, one of the Orthodox monks attached to the church, lit the candles last January 1 in preparation for Christmas services January 7, the Julian calendar date cele brated by the Greek Church in Bethlehem. -+Incongruous electric lights brighten the Chapel of the Manger, believed to be the very spot where the new-born Jesus lay on the world's first Christmas morning. Brocaded hangings cover the walls to prevent visitors' prying away souvenir stones. A reclining image of the Child is attended by a Fran ciscan priest from the near-by Church of St. Catharine. Each Christmas morning the image is carried in solemn procession from St. Catharine's to the chapel, there to remain until the Feast of Epiphany (page 847).