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East Norwalk Church Hosts Living Nativity

Little Jason Kurtzman Jr. had his first acting role Monday – the 4½-month-old played the baby Jesus in a living nativity at Christ Episcopal Church in East Norwalk. The annual living nativity was held in conjunction with the Third Taxing District's tree-lighting event just down the street.

Sydney Olszewski, 7, whose step-grandfather is the church's minister, played the Virgin Mary and Gavin Kempa, 10, was Joseph. A donkey from Pied Piper Pony Rides in Patterson, N.Y., and several sheep completed the authentic scene.

Visitors were welcomed inside the church, where the organist played hymns.

Jason looked comfortable lying in the manger, swaddled in layers of clothing and covered with a white knit blanket. "I was worried about the cold," said dad Jason Kurtzman Sr. "But he's doing well."

Upcoming events at Christ Episcopal include Christmas Eve services at 5:30 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24; First Sunday of Christmas Lessons and Carols at 8 a.m.; and services at 10 a.m. Dec. 26.

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