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  • LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Evhen Moniuk of St. Vladimir Greek Catholic Church designed the beautiful decorations for the Christmas celebration of Christ's birth, like this manager scene.
    LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Evhen Moniuk of St. Vladimir Greek Catholic Church designed the beautiful decorations for the Christmas celebration of Christ's birth, like this manager scene.
Published December 27. 2010 05:00PM

St. Vladimir Greek Catholic Church in Palmerton radiated the elegance and magnificence of Jesus' birth on Christmas.

The Rev. Evhen Moniuk had a vision of how he wanted to decorate the chancel of the church located at 101 Lehigh Ave. and shared that vision with several of the church members the week before Christmas. They quickly went to work creating a beautiful setting for members to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Those who helped were: Sasse Mertz, Dee Owens, Mary Taschler, Mary Sikorsky, Peter Sikorsky, Patrick Sikorsky, Mary Ann Taylor, Ann Kemmerer, Louise Lazarchick, Bernie Lazarchick Jennifer Weaver, Jim Chaulus, Helen Sander, Sonny Kemmerer and John Marino.

They decorated a live 13' evergreen tree with hundreds of little white lights and gold ornaments in all shapes and sizes. It literally glows.

The tetripold is graced with two small live evergreens lit with small white lights. Their bases are ringed with beautiful white roses edged in deep pink.

The manger scene consists of the church's antique statues of Mary, Joseph, shepherds sheep and angels adoring the Christ child lying in the manger. It is surrounded in evergreens and little white lights. The Baby Jesus was not be placed in the manger until Christmas Eve.

Throughout the chancel and altar area are stunning live white poinsettias with bright red ones in the center of each.

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