Representing the triumph of Christ
One of the oldest traditional festivals in the country is the Boar's Head & amp; Yule Log Festival at St. John's Episcopal Church, Wick Avenue, Youngstown. Above, Brian Boyer, Youngstown, left, and William Cart, Poland, carry the boar's head. The 46th annual event took place Sunday. Below, festival cast members in period garb fill the church's altar. At right, Jason Lisko of Girard bears a candle at the festival, which was first performed in Youngstown in 1961. In England, the boar was considered a symbol of evil. The serving of the boar's head represents the triumph of Jesus Christ over evil, begun with his birth, celebrated at Christmas. The yule log symbolizes the rekindling of love, as the log is lighted from last year's embers.