CANDLES TIME LIGHT

A small Ukrainian Orthodox community celebrates their faith amid candles.

As the war in Ukraine keeps demanding our attention, my incursion in a small Ukrainian Orthodox community in Vancouver revealed a world of beauty and light that was a far cry from the recent images of the ravaged country we see on the news day after day. 
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Light is ever changing, and our spirits change along with it.
A small Ukrainian Orthodox community celebrates their faith amid candles.
Candles light the darkness, elevate our spirits, and warm our souls, and for Vancouver's Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox community, they are ever present in their weekly services.

 

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Inside the cathedral’s chapel, Father Roman Tsaplan reviews some notes before the service. Outside, people of all ages gathered with their candles in the street. Last March, Vancouver's Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral held a candlelight prayer vigil to collect donations for those affected by the Russian invasion.
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Last March, as night fell on Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the candlelight created a peaceful atmosphere for the prayers. Ted Cholod, seen here in the centre, attended the candlelight prayer vigil with his son, Michael, and Elena Edwards, a friend. He....
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In the Orthodox tradition lighted candles are highly symbolic and in the church, they are presented in a variety of settings and for many liturgical usages. 
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Inside the cathedral’s chapel, Father Roman Tsaplan reviews some notes before the service. Outside, people of all ages gathered with their candles in the street. Last March, Vancouver's Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral held a candlelight prayer vigil to collect donations for those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Outside, people of all ages gathered with their candles in the street. Last March, Vancouver's Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral held a candlelight prayer vigil to collect donations for those affected by the
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As night fell on Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the candlelight created a peaceful atmosphere for the prayers. Ted Cholod, seen here in the centre, attended the vigil with his son, Michael, and Elena Edwards, a friend.