'Occupy' Protesters Erect Nativity Scene in Front of NYC's Trinity Church (PHOTOS)

Occupy Wall Street protesters erected a Nativity scene as a "peace offering" in front of Trinity Church in New York City Thursday, and held a debate with clergy in an attempt to persuade them to allow protesters to stay on their property.

Photo 1: Police presence was high as Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered in front of Trinity Church, also known as Trinity Wall Street.

Trinity Police
Police presence at Trinity Church was high despite the low turnout, outnumbering protesters almost two to one. |

Photo 2: Protesters held up signs that asked for the church to sympathize with their cause.

Occupy sign for Trinity Church
An Occupy protestor holding a sign asking for the Trinity Church to do "the right thing" and allow them to stay on the property. |

Photo 3: A pro-Occupy pastor, the Rev. Michael Ellick of Judson Church, debated with the Rev. Matthew Heyd, Director of Faith in Action of Trinity Church.

Debate and Discussion Between Priests
Discussion in front of Trinity Church between the Rev. Michael Ellick of Judson Church, who is a supporter of the Occupy movement, and the Rev. Matthew Heyd, Director of Faith in Action at Trinity, who came out to address the protesters. |

Photo 4: Occupy protesters gathered in front of Trinity's doors to sing Christmas hymns.

Occupy singing Christmas hymns
A group of Occupy protesters singing Christmas hymns next to the small Nativity scene in front of Trinity Church. |

Photo 5: A small Nativity scene served as a "gift offering" to the church from the Occupy movement.

Nativity Tent
A small nativity scene set up in the style of the Occupy movement, calling for protesters to be be allowed a piece of land. |

Read NYC Protesters Pressure Trinity Wall Street Church to Let Them 'Occupy'  for the full report the meeting between OWS protesters and Trinity Church administrators.

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