For the fifth consecutive year, a creche has been placed in front of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The creche faces the Capitol Holiday Tree, decorated with thousands of lights and ornaments.

The creche has statues of the Holy Family and the three kings, shepherds, and a camel and other animals, and an angel holding a “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” banner above it. The figures are one-half life-size.

The creche rests on the pavement in front of the Capitol and is open on all sides so children and families can walk right up to it.

The creche has been placed by the Nativity, Holy Innocents, and Epiphany Committee, who obtained a permit from the California Highway Patrol.

The creche has been put in place for Christmas, and the December 28 feast of the Holy Innocents Procession from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and for Epiphany Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament deacon Edgar Hilbert plans to bless the creche after the Noon Sunday Christmas Mass in Spanish at the cathedral, about 200 yards away. Mass goers will be invited to join in the blessing.

The Holy Innocents Procession will start from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 pm, on Wednesday, December 28, and go to the creche at the Capitol and then on to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and parish for a Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents.