Ottawa Christ paintings go up at Washington Square

The paintings depict Jesus’ birth, life and ministry

The 16 paintings of the life of Christ went up Saturday morning at Washington Square in Ottawa. Created in 1956 by The Ottawa Retail Merchants Association to keep Christ in Christmas, the 4-foot-7 paintings depict Jesus’s birth, life and ministry, each painting accompanied by a Scripture verse.

The 16 paintings of the life of Christ went up Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Washington Square in Ottawa.

Created in 1956 by The Ottawa Retail Merchants Association to keep Christ in Christmas, the 4-foot-7 paintings depict Jesus’ birth, life and ministry, each painting accompanied by a Scripture verse.

The Ottawa Freedom Association has erected the paintings each December since 1992 after winning a lengthy court battle.

Many volunteers were on hand Saturday morning to help put up the 4-foot-7 paintings depicting the life of  Christ at Washington Square in Ottawa.
Volunteers check their work after putting up the 16 paintings depicting the life of Christ at Washington Square in Ottawa. The Ottawa Freedom Association has erected the paintings each year since 1992 after winning a lengthy court battle.