Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

300 Nativity scenes on display at Atlanta church

Published November 13, 2014

ATLANTA—The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, will hold its seasonal display of a remarkable collection of Nativity scenes in 300 crèches from different lands.

The display, considered to be a tour through the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, will be open to the public on Saturdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Sundays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, from 2-4 p.m., and on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3-4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and on Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m.

Fifty-eight particularly rare Nativity scenes are displayed in the narthex and gallery of the church. Half illustrate Jesus’ birth as told in the Gospel of Matthew and the other half show the birth as recounted in the Gospel of Luke. Hymn and prayer texts, old and new, accompany the scenes.

The remaining crèches are displayed in the parish hall.

The collection was bequeathed to Epiphany by Bill Lemonds, who acquired them through years of travel and gifts from friends. Epiphany adds to this collection each year. Countries and cultures reflected in the figures include Mexico, Orthodox Russia, Poland, Polynesia, Renaissance Germany and Italy, southern Appalachia, the West Indies, north Georgia and Taiwan. Materials range from bisque to volcanic ash, gourds, terra cotta, Alaskan mud, olive wood, tin and plastic.

Admission to the display is $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors and students. Only cash or checks are accepted. Guides for groups are available on Wednesday and Thursday to offer more detail on the collection and the Gospel stories. Group reservations must be made in writing by Nov. 24 to: 300 Nativities, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-1345. Contact