Christmas Pageant

MaryandJosephSaint Benedict Academy presented its annual Christmas Pageant at Saint Raphael Church on Tuesday, December 16. Many parents, siblings, family, friends, and alumni joined us for the evening.


Each class portrayed a different element of the Nativity story and came together at the conclusion of the evening to present a tableau of the Nativity and lead the community in a sing-a-long before a rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah:

ChristmasPageant (3)Pre-K: Drummer Boys and Girls

Kindergarten: Villagers

First Grade: Sheep

Second Grade: Shepherds

Third Grade: Angels

Fourth Grade: Wise Men and Entourage

Fifth Grade: Narrators and Additional Roles – Villagers, Roman Solider

Sixth Grade: Principal Roles – Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Luke, “flashback” Mary, and the Innkeepers



Parents began lining up at 4:30 - one hour before doors opened - to get great seats for the pageant.By 5, the line to get into Saint Raphael stretched across Fourth Street and around Sweeney Park!Principal McLaughlin welcomes family and friends.Tonight's pageant drew upon the Gospel of LukeFourth grade courtiers puzzle about the new star in the sky.The three wise men reveal that the star signifies a King about to be born in Israel.The drummers and Wise Men entourage prepare to depart.Elizabeth and Zechariah pray for a child.The Angel Gabriel vists ZechariahThe angel Gabriel reveals that Zechariah and Elizabeth will have a son named John - John the Baptist.The angel Gabriel visits Mary to reveal that she will bear a son and will call Him Jesus.The Angel Gabriel visits MaryElizabeth and the villagers welcome Mary.Mary shares the story of the Annunciation with Elizabeth.Villagers listen to Mary's story.Villagers listen to Mary's story.Villagers listen to Mary's story.Mary recounts her story to ElizabethKindergarten villagers sing "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman"Fifth grade villagers ask about John.Joseph and Mary visit the innkeepers of Bethlehem.Joseph and Mary visit the innkeepers of Bethlehem.Second grade shepherds watch over the sheep.Second grade shepherds watch over the sheep.First grade sheep know that something special is coming - Christ the Lord!Pre-K Dummers have arrived in Bethlehem!Pre-K Dummers have arrived in Bethlehem!Pre-K Dummers have arrived in Bethlehem!The Wise Men travel to Bethlehem.Heard on High, the Angels Proclaim the News: Christ is Born!Fifth grade students narrated the pageant.Students get ready to sing the "Hallelujah Chorus"Hallelujah ChorusHallelujah ChorusParents took photos after the Pageant before the Christmas Cookie Reception.

Additional photos may be posted to the school’s Facebook page and/or here. If you have any photos from the evening that you would like to share, please email them to Mr. McLaughlin.