Ukrainian Orthodox Country Churches


It is impossible to travel far in any direction on the Canadian prairies and not pass by a country churchyard. Fair to say that depending on what region you are in, most of these churches will be of the Ukrainian Orthodox variety. Today, they stand in various stages of splendour (or decay), a testament to the faith, hard work and dedication of early Ukrainian pioneers.

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The three-bar cross is associated with the Orthodox Church and its Slavic followers, who include Ukrainians, Russians, Serbs, and Bulgarians. The top bar, usually smaller than the others, represents the slat of wood above Jesus’s head, on which was written words meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” in three languages. The lowest bar, usually slanted, represents the piece of wood to which Christ’s feet were nailed. It is slanted because of the torturous nature of death by crucifixion. In the settler era, the three-bar cross appeared at both Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox churches, but over time Catholic churches have adopted the Roman cross.

Prairie Icons.



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