Red emphasis added. Don't you wish, once in a while, that the 'church fathers' or whoever is running the show (religious or otherwise) would just keep it simple, keep it honest, and 'get 'er done?'
SOSNOVKA, Russia (AP) -- A village in Siberia that did not have a church until this winter is getting a lesson in faith and life's ephemeral nature.Sosnovka resident Alexander Batyokhtin spent nearly two months building a village church entirely out of snow. The structure will vanish with the season.Batyokhtin worked on the chapel every day, even when temperatures plunged below minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit.) He used 12 cubic metres (424 cubic feet) of snow to make it.Batyokhtin says the work wasn't difficult. His biggest challenges were fashioning the altar and a cross for the roof."The main thing is to say a prayer and keep a fast for some time, then just go and do it," he says.Sosnovka administrator Yuriy Kirsh says the church "means a lot to our hearts and souls" despite being temporary.