07 January 2011

Христос раждається! Christos Raždajetsja! Christ is born!

For those of you who follow the old calendar, the best of Christmas wishes to you! 

The Nativity scene below comes from the original St. Michael the Archangel Church at 2417 N. Campbell Ave. on Chicago's North Side. 

Yes, it's a very Westernized image of the first Christmas, but it reflects the period when the church -- now located in Niles, Ill. -- was formed in 1914.

The original hangs behind the iconostasis at St. Michael's. Thanks to Father Sam Sherry for allowing me to photograph it.

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