2013 Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival

2013 Creche Festival Video

During the 2013 Festival, people voted on their favorite crèche. Here are the results:

1st place: Glass Doomed Italian Presepio with 39,985 votes
2nd place: Nativity Mosaic Triptych with 5,652 votes
3rd place: Italian Carved Wood with 462 votes
4th place: Lithuania Ceramic with 286 votes
5th place: China Hu Qi Wood #23 with 248 votes


What is a Creche?

A creche is a representation of the infant Jesus in the manger, typically surrounded by the figures found in a nativity set. Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, animals and shepherds are often included in the scenes. Visitors from around the country flock to Mepkin Abbey for an incredible display of unique, handmade nativity sets from around the world. Mepkin’s Abbey’s Creche Festival is a Lowcountry holiday tradition! The monks transform their conference center into a forest of trees and candles which serve as the backdrop for the Nativity sets.

(DVD) Nativity: The Art And Spirit Of The Creche

After the cross, the Nativity scene is Christianity’s most recognized symbol. Its history, art and spirituality have been embraced by cultures around the world for nearly two thousand years. This video unites theologians and collectors with an astonishing and beautiful array of nativity scenes collected from across the globe.

During the Festival, we are offering a complimentary copy of the DVD the Nativity with a minimum $100 purchase.


For further information about the Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival or to talk about a donation to our collection, contact Fr. Guerric Heckel by email at Guerric@mepkinabbey.org or call 843-761-8509. He would be also interested in talking to those who have collections we might be able to exhibit in the future.

There will be no tours of the monastery and Church during the Crèche Festival. We invite you to come at another time for this informative tour.

"Brothers, let us hasten to the Lord’s manger crib,  but as far as we can let us first prepare ourselves by his grace to approach it.  Then, in the company of the angels, with pure heart, a good conscience and unfeigned faith, let us sing to the Lord in the whole of our life and our monastic conversion:  Glory to God in the highest and peace to all of good will."

— Aelred of Rievaux - Sermon on the Nativity