Q. 1. What is the origin of the manger in the nativity scene? Is there any truth to it that Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth?
A. 1. The origin of the nativity scene is credited to Saint Francis of Assisi who in 1223 intended to cultivate the worship of Christ. This practice became very popular and spread throughout Catholic countries.
The word "manger" is a French word. It means "to eat."
A manger (or trough) is a feeder of carved stone, wood, or metal construction that is used to hold food for animals.
There are a number of Bible passages that refers to Jesus being placed in a manger. They are:
"She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them." [Lk. 2:7]
"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." [Lk. 2:12]
"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." [Lk. 2:16]
In conclusion, Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth as the Holy Bible, the Word of God, tells us. The action of Saint Francis of Assisi was to promote this biblical truth.