January 15, 2024

Our churches in many aspects are architectural marvels, in particular with their beautiful domes. Whenever you travel into country side of Prairie provinces you would stand in awe of that wonder. There always will be a question, what is holding up that structure.

"Looking up into the dome, you will often see an icon of the Christ Pantocrator. Often translated as Almighty or All-powerful, Pantokrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words πᾶς, pantos - all and κράτος, kratos - strength or power. It speaks of the ability to do anything. Christ Pantocrator is the icon of Jesus seated in glory at the Second Coming. The dome may also be decorated with stars, once again reminding us that as we worship, heaven is brought down to us. It also reminds us of St. Paul's words: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12: 1-2)"

"Domes on the Prairies" is the article that we would like you to read and discover that deep spiritual meaning of our Ukrainian Church Architecture.

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