THE NATIVITIES EXHIBIT
PREPARING FOR A HOLY CHRISTMAS?
Three Hundred Nativity Scenes From Around The World:
A Tour Through The Gospels of Luke and Matthew
For the twenty-fifth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 4 through Sunday, December 12 – open on select days. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash.
In the church narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.
The two gospels, St. Matthew and St. Luke differ in the way they tell the birth stories. St. Matthew’s gospel accentuates the history of the Old Testament people. St. Luke’s gospel presents the story by using ordinary people who participate in the unfolding drama.
Each of these nativities is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Additional birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED. RESERVATIONS ARE NOT.
Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, 2 - 4 p.m.
Monday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 2 - 4 p.m.
*Groups can also book time on Tuesday.
$5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12.
For more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / email@example.com.
The Crèche Collection
Years of personal travel and gifts from many friends resulted in Bill Lemonds’ collection of 200 crèches bequeathed to Epiphany. A fascinating mixture of fine art and amateur crafts, the nativity scenes abound in their proclamation of the Messiah’s birth. Epiphany adds to this collection each year, which now numbers more than 300.
Countries and cultures reflected in the figures include: Mexico, North Georgia, Orthodox Russia, Poland, Polynesia, Renaissance Germany, Renaissance Italy, Southern Appalachia, Taiwan, The West Indies, even a Hollywood film set!
Some of the materials used to create the scenes include: Alaskan mud, balsa, bisque, felt, foil, gourds, paper, mahogany, marble, melted plastic, olive wood, paper-mâché, pewter, straw, Styrofoam, terracotta, tin, and volcanic ash.
Since 1995, our collection of Nativities has been exhibited to the public during Advent every year - with two exceptions: The 2004 Renovation, and 2020 during the pandemic.
Last year for the pandemic, one of our parishioners took the photo inventory and created a wonderful 13 minute virtual tour of 93 of them. If you are not able to visit the exhibit in-person to see the over 300 creches we have now, then click the link below to view the virtual exhibit.
Christmas trees derive from customs adopted as Germanic tribes were converted to the faith. This tiny tree is decorated with holy symbols: Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
This holy family from the Himalayas is accompanied by a long-haired sheep or goat. Nepalese wool workers crafted this set.
This birch and masonite nativity is Polish.
From Uruguay, this nativity takes gourd-art and combines it with the wonderful cloth making skills and leather work of the local crafters.
A Holy Family in a broken down corner reminds us of homeless families among us.
These Haitian figures are painted clay. The simple stable is a coconut shell. Notice the two pairs of twins, all of a piece!
Twice-glazed clay makes up this dark nativity which captures the awe and curiosity of both animals and people.