04 April 2010

Христос воскрес! Воистину воскрес! Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

Easter falls today, April 4, for both Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Rusyns, and I titled this post with the traditional Easter greeting: "Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!" used by Rusyns and all Slavic Eastern Christians.

To mark the day, I've posted an artifact from Chicago's Carpatho-Rusyn history, the original Resurrection icon from the old St. Michael The Archangel Church on 2417 N. Campbell Ave. 

It was founded in 1914 as a Greek Catholic (Byzantine Catholic) parish by immigrants from the Rusyn villages of  Veľký Lipník, Folvark (now Stráňany) and Kamienka in modern-day Slovakia. St. Michael's became part of the American Carpatho-Orthodox Rusyn Diocese and relocated in the mid-1960s to suburban Niles, Ill.

The icon's style is simple, and very Westernized, a fashion at the time of the great migration of Rusyns to North America in the early years of the 20th Century.

It currently hangs inside the sanctuary of St. Michael's in Niles. Thanks to Father Sam Sherry for allowing me to photograph it.

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