On East Second Street between First and Second Avenues in the East Village is The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection whose fluorescent cross is a beacon in the neighborhood and especially apropos considering its location across from New York City Marble Cemetery.
Trivia tidbits about the Cathedral include the fact that the fluorescent crucifix is permanently “stuck” in the “on” position according to Father Michael Suvak. Once the fluorescent flickers out, the church needs someone to fix the custom fluorescent bulb. Is that you? Contact ’em.
Another tidbit: there are no chairs used at the Orthodox service. If you’re going to partake along with the other 120 congregants of this church, you’ll be standing the whole time. At the very least, you’ll have unique paintings to view.
Father Suvak provides insight into the church’s iconography and history in the following video from last weekend:
October 8th, 2008
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