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Christmas pageant represented Jesus' love for all nations

At Redeemer Church in Villa del Parque, Buenos Aires, Argentina, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph are visited by children in traditional costumes from a variety of nations. This Dec. 23, 1959, Christmas pageant was intended to show that the church of Jesus is for all nations.

Perhaps afterward the audience would have enjoyed traditional pan dulce (sweetbread) and tea or yerba mate (a beverage made from the leaves and stems of a rainforest tree).

This photo ran in a "Christmas in Many Lands" feature in The Lutheran magazine, a United Lutheran Church in America publication (one of many predecessors of The Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCA). The ULCA became part of the Lutheran Church in America in 1962. In 1988, the LCA, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches merged to form the ELCA. 

Photo courtesy Archives of the ELCA


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