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Diorama brings Lent and Easter Gospels to life at Revere parish


  • The scene of the diorama telling the story of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • The 30-foot diorama in Immaculate Conception Church in Revere depicting scenes of many of the Gospel readings of the Lent and Easter seasons. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • The scene illustrating the story of Matthew 18, in which Jesus answers the disciples’ question, “Who, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • The scene of the Last Supper. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • The depiction of the empty tomb after Jesus’s resurrection. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Father Felipe Gonzalez, parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception in Revere, creator of the diorama. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)

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REVERE -- The Sermon on the Mount; the temptations of Jesus in the desert; the entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; Peter's denial of Christ; Golgotha; the empty tomb -- all of these Gospels and more come to life in a 30-foot diorama of the Gospels at Immaculate Conception Church in Revere.

Father Felipe Gonzalez, parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception and creator of the display, explained that the inspiration for creating this unique diorama stems from his early childhood in California.

"Every year during Advent, my father would take us children and we would create an enormous nativity," he recalled. "We would literally take furniture out of the house in order to make room for it. It was awesome, and really was a big part of our Christmas."

Then, at the age of 13, Father Gonzalez's father unexpectedly passed away, and the tradition abruptly ceased.

"In 2015, I had a dream that I was making a nativity again, and when I woke up I realized that I really should create one, just like when I was a kid," said Father Gonzalez.

That Advent, he set to work, building a model of the town of Nazareth in the rectory's dining room. Over 2,000 people came to the rectory in to see the nativity.

This past Advent, Father Gonzalez created the nativity in the church, beside the choir, in order to make it more accessible to the parish community.

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