We saw this evil looking building from far away and just had to view it up close. So we strolled around and found a very old church that has withstood the years.

Credit goes to Flickr (Rachelle49 ) for this mind blowing evil building. Original date: 2011-08-07 20:07:48

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This structure was not originally built to be a church. It actually began as a school but was purchased by the parish in 1963 and remodeled. With the exception of the Orthodox cross on the front of the storm porch, there was no outward evidence of this being a Ukrainian house of worship. It has pointed windows and no domes, which suggests the presence of non-Ukrainian architectural influences when the remodeling took place.

Traditionally, one would enter a Ukrainian church at its west end and face east during the service. This was based on the belief that the faithful had chosen to leave the darkness of evil in the west and enter the road to Christ, who is called the " Light from the East" in the Holy Scriptures. St. John’s however, is one of several examples in which the worshipping congregation faces the west, indicating that this tradition was not always followed.

St. John the Baptist Parish was founded early in the century and was Russo-Orthodox at the outset. This building replaced the original 1913 church, which had been destroyed by fire.

There is a cemetery located in the churchyard.

Thanks to Flickr (Ukrainian Churches of Western Canadian Provinces ) for this weird evil building. Original date: 2014-06-07 04:33:18

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