|Heavenly Rays of Light|
I saw photos of this beautiful church in September and found out that I would be passing right by it a few days later. How serendipitous, how fortuitous! Everything was falling into place with very little effort on my part.
Not too far off a main highway, those unmistakable 'onion' shaped domes come into view over the trees. Hard to miss whether you're looking or not, however I don't think this road gets much random traffic. We poked around and took pictures here for about an hour without seeing another vehicle pass by. We even rang the bell but that didn't bring anyone either. Not sure who I thought might show up anyway...
The sign in front states this is Ascension of Jesus Christ Ukrainian Catholic Church, Kopernick Parish. It is also called Kopernik (Nowy Sokal) Ascension Parish. The first church on this site was built in 1904, and was tiny at only 18'x30'. It was sold in 1914 and a new, larger church was constructed the same year. Unfortunately that church burned down in 1951. The current, and much larger and taller church was built between 1953-1960.
On one side of the church is the cemetery. On the other side, the Parish Hall that was built in 1933. The church has been closed for regular services since 2009 but it still looked after. It appears that a yearly grave blessing Liturgy takes place. The Parish Hall is no longer in use.
|This monument is a cross from the 2nd church that burned down|
|H at the Parish Hall|
|Dramatic sky this way!|
|Blue skies this way!|
I was hoping to see inside but not all churches are open. Luckily, I connected with a lady named Kim Tanasichuk who shared her photos of the inside of the church, her photos of the amazing interior are below:
I truly feel lucky to see these places that have deep roots in the history of our province. I love taking photos and being able to learn a bit of history along the way is priceless. Thank you for reading this blog!
Check out my friends at BigDoer who visited here first and wrote a wonderful article about it.
My photos taken Sept 15th, 2017
Interior photos courtesy of Kim Tanasichuk