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"Flying Church Helps Russia's Paratrooper Priests Lift Soldiers' Spirits"

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posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 03:03 PM

The Russian military is taking the phrase "getting by on a wing and a prayer" to new heights after creating a flying church, complete with paratrooper priests.

The unique high-tech air-dropped church consists of a usual army tent and a life-sustaining module including a diesel power source, air conditioner and fridge, and is put on the ground with an airborne platform used to carry armored vehicles and other heavy military equipment, according to the Russian news site

Officials say the airborne chapel is needed because the Russian Orthodox Church requires special sacraments that demand a substantial number of utensils such as bells and crucifixes.

But in order for the plan to take flight, Russian military leaders are drafting some chaplains who are experienced paratroopers, according to the Sun.

A parachuting church seems unusual, but it's part of a long line of weird items that have been dropped since the first parachute was created around 1470, Shelterpop reported.

For instance, Hummers were parachuted onto the battlefield during the Iraq War operations and the British have been parachuting dogs since World War II.

No word on when the flying church will launch, but Russian officials reportedly expect them to be ready soon.

WHAT SAY YOU ATS? Combat Priests? with a mobile church? why does it seem wrong to me?
almost justifies war when it involves the church, no?

posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 03:13 PM
I think it's awesome. Then again, I'm Orthodox. Orthodox priests are actually forbidden to fight in combat as they have to be pacifists. They are actively doing their priestly duty for any religious soldiers. The Russian military already has a mobile church. Russia also has converted old trains into churches, and one church is a boat that floats to various villages that haven't had any churches since the soviets destroyed them.


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