Friday, June 27, 2008

All Saints

This is All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, located in the East Village. I've always wondered about the significance of the extra bars in the eastern orthodox cross. The top line is said to represent the headboard, and the bottom, slanted line represents the footrest. It is raised to the left side, because that was the side of the righteous criminal who said to Jesus: "remember me when you come into your kingdom." Notice the sign to the right of the church door. It's for an undertaker's business, which runs out of the basement!

The church is in an area around 3rd Avenue and 10th St. that's known for its Russian and Ukrainian businesses. In many places it's not uncommon to find signs with Cyrillic characters. We often end up over here at several favorite restaurants. I love the stuffed cabbage, pierogis, and kielbasa - but loathe the borscht, which happens to be one of my wife's favorites. Blech!

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