While priests and ministers hope that their churches will move people spiritually, these churches have also moved people physically—from derelict cars turned into churches to pew-filled trains that let people worship on the go.
A custom-built church car, built in the Putilov Company, commemorating the birth of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, consecrated in July 1896.
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A crowd gathered to watch a Russian Orthodox service in progress in an ornate railway carriage on the Manchurian Railway, 1906.
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Chapel Car St. Anthony, 1910s
Chapel Car St. Paul, a church on wheels, 1923.
A mobile church named after St. Innocent of Irkutsk, Russia.
The armored train of Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russian Orthodox Church. It has five cars, including a church.
The Doctor Voino-Yasenecky Saint Luka train, a free consultative and medical center with a mobile Orthodox church, carries equipment and medics between Krasnoyarsk and Khakassia.
Orthodox and Christian Churches in Russia
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Bonus: Paradrop churches with paratrooper priests, 2012
The one-week course for the priests, many of whom are experienced paratroopers with more than 500 jumps, will take place at an airborne troops facility in Ryazan region in central Russia, a Defense Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Orthodox Christianity has many rituals utilizing many religious items, which makes catering to the flock without a church impossible, the senior priest for the Airborne Troops, Archpriest Mikhail Vasilyev, told RIA Novosti.
The paradrop church comes complete with nonbreakable religious items, a crate to carry them, as well as a diesel generator, air conditioning, refrigerator and a multimedia unit complete with a mini-theater booth and projector, the military said. – according to RIA Novosti.