Was the manger made of wood or stone?
But it comes as a big surprise to most people when they learn that the makeshift cradle in which the newborn Jesus was laid was not a feeding trough fashioned out of wood, as usually portrayed in modern paintings. The manger was really a water trough carved from stone.
What was Jesus bed made of?
So, she laid him in a manger with hay. The manger Jesus laid in was made out of wood or stone. It was not soft like our cozy mattresses! When your children feel the manger, talk about how it is not a place where a baby would want to rest.
Where is the real manger of Jesus?
It is now being kept at the Franciscan Church of St. Catherine, next to the famous Church of the Nativity, traditionally known as the site where Jesus was born.
What animals were in the manger?
In the common image of the Nativity for Orthodox Christians, Mary, the God-bearer, is obviously central, reclined, with Jesus wrapped in his swaddling clothes (like a buried corpse, an evident foreshadow), in his manger. But the two nearest the manger, and the first looking in, are the ox and the ass.