2015-12-31 / Faith Community

St. John's Displays Historic Crèche


The 17th-century crèche will be on display until Feb. 2. The 17th-century crèche will be on display until Feb. 2. The centerpiece of holiday decorations at Saint John the Evangelist is the 17th century crèche donated to the church over a century ago and opened at Christmastide.

The figures, collected from all over Europe, were given by the prominent Newport and New York couple Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Webster. Mr. Webster served as private secretary to President Franklin Pierce and went on to a career as one of the foremost experts on constitutional law of his day.

The Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist attracted attention last summer when a visitor reported a mysterious red substance flowing from the 12th Station of the Cross ("Christ Dies on the Cross") and is getting perhaps even more attention from its stunning interior Christmas decorations, courtesy of Bach Décor, with donations from the Maher Horticultural Center and DeCastro Farms.

The decorations will remain up until Jan. 6 and the crèche is on display until Feb. 2. The church, at 61 Poplar St., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and earlier on Sundays. All are welcome to come and enjoy the decorations and crèche.

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