These Train Cars Converted Into Churches Are Literal Holy Rollers

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

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Chapel Car St. Paul, a church on wheels, 1923.

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A mobile church named after St. Innocent of Irkutsk, Russia.

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The armored train of Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russian Orthodox Church. It has five cars, including a church.

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Chyhyryn, Ukraine

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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.

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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.

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