Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Rebuilding of St Elias Church in Brampton, Ontario

Two years ago, the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of St Elias the Prophet in Brampton, Ontario, was completely destroyed by fire. Ever since then, the community has been working to rebuild its church, and an important phase has just been completed, with the mounting of the main dome. Here is a video from their Facebook page, which really has to be seen to be believed. (Wait for the end, when the bells of the church are rung to celebrate this important phase of the rebuilding.)

The head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, will consecrate the finished church at the end of September and beginning of October; details will be announced on their Facebook page. If you are anywhere near the area, you should certainly attend the ceremony if at all possible. St Elias has and deserves a reputation as a place where the Byzantine liturgy is cultivated in the fullness of its richness and beauty, and this will be a unique opportunity to witness a ceremony of even-greater-than-usual magnificence.

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