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Mini Russian Orthodox Church

Houses of God | Russia

Issue: "Boy Scout dilemma," May 18, 2013

The Russian army is training a unit of parachuting priests to be dropped with a self-assembly mini Russian Orthodox church in order to hold services for troops around the world. The small church includes replica icons, crucifixes, chalices, and bells, as well as an air-conditioning unit and a generator. Airborne Troops head priest Mikhail Vasilyev told the Guardian that Russian Orthodox chaplains need the mobile church to do their jobs: “Orthodox Christianity has many rituals with many religious items which makes catering for the flock without a physical church impossible.”

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