Sunday, December 31, 2006

Saint Andrew's Anglican Church,
Tinley Park, Illinois

A parish of the Reformed Episcopal Church

Morning Prayer, 9:30 AM
Holy Eucharist 10:30 AM

A few more photographs of the parish from Christmastide, for your enjoyment: 1) the Nativity Window, 2) the Advent Wreath and Christ Candle with the Incarnation Window in the background, 3) the Very Rev'd Frank Levi, rector of the parish and Dean of the Convocation of the Incarnation, 4) the Nativity in front of the sanctuary.

Please come and visit us if you are in the Chicago area.


Paul Goings said...

With my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, may I suggest that the Crib in the last picture should probably be turned over to Death Bredon for destruction, thus eliminating another artifact of un-catholic Counter-Reformation "popery."

Or as a friend likes to say, "I love Christmas! It's the one time of the year when even the vast majority of prots are equal-opportunity idol-worshippers."

Rev. Dr. Hassert said...

Yes, it is true--and everyone loves statues and pictures of the Blessed Virgin at Christmas as well.

Anonymous said...


Although the romantic French Creche has been accepted by Anglicans, I have never seen it used for overt devitional purposes. And the danger of realistic, freestanding statuary is that it would be used for devitional purposes patient of superstition, abuse and idolatry. Thus, in the case of the Anglican adoption of the creche, because the principle behind the rule is kept, I see no need to be a pendantic literalist in the application of the Canons of the Seventh Council, which would in fact condemn the creche.

What I reject is devotions to free-standing statutes of Mary (often in kitchy and romantic manner and/or with the grotesque sacred-heart depictions -- "body-part worship") rather than icons of Madonna and child (which, through stylization, portrary Mary and Christ as both human and divinized) because, as a matter of degree, the former is much more patient of error than the later (as history has shown). Naturally, after being bitten by image-abuse in the Middle Ages, Anglicans understandably tend to be wary and restrained in devotions towards any religious objects, whether two or three dimensional, relilistic, romantic, or canonically stylized.