|Church and Bell Tower|
I grew up and lived most of my life in Calgary. I don't recall seeing many Ukrainian Churches in Calgary or southern Alberta, I know there are some but not compared to the number of churches in central and northern Alberta. Once you are about an hour north of where I live, they start appearing on what seems like every other road. One day last year in the span of a couple of hours I stopped at 6 of them and I wasn't even looking. I love their architecture with the unmistakable domes. The amount of domes present on the church all have significance.
Here is some info on the significance of the amount of domes or cupolas: a single dome over the centre of the church represents Christ, 3 is for the Holy Trinity, 5 is for Christ and the 4 evangelists, 7 is the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, 9 refers to the 9 ranks of Angels, and 13 is Christ and the 12 Apostles.
I recently drove by Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church. This area, originally known as Ellswick, was rapidly settled between 1896-1915. Establishing churches and schools was of the utmost importance to these communities. Church services were held in other established churches and homes of the parishioners up until 1910 when a small church was built in the Ellswick area and served 2 congregations, the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Rite Catholics. The 2 congregations eventually split up and private homes were used for the Ukrainian Services until 1921 when construction commenced on the Ukrainian Catholic Church. In 1929 financial help allowed the inside to be completed and for the interior and exterior to be painted.
I am not sure of this church still has regular services, but it is still served by the clergy. It became an Alberta Designated Historic Building in 1988.
|3 Domes: The Holy Trinity|