The kalatalo, or wooden knocker, is used in the church during Great Lent and especially on Holy Friday. It is used instead of a bell to call people to church, during processions and consecration. During Lent, tradition dictates that no bells be rung.
Visible in this photo are the six icons of the Apostles, which are displayed in the icon wall of this exhibit. Also, the icons that appear in the “Deacon’s doors” in this exhibit are from this older icon wall - although the doors have since been re-built as part of a new icon wall. The processional fan and cross that mounted on the end of the pews inside the church date from the earliest years of the parish. These pews are also from the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic church. They have been refinished in honor of the parish’s centenary. The stained glass windows in the exhibit are from the original Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, built in 1913.
The Gospel on the altar was printed around 1900 in Zhovkva (a city in present-day Ukraine) - on a printing press in the Basilian monastery. It was donated to the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic church, by Michael and Katheryn Mareniak, in 1914. The Gospel, of all church material of the time, is in the old Church Slavonic language. The kivot, or Tabernacle, is a miniature replica of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church that stands today. It was made by a member of the parish and normally sits on the altar in the church.
To the right of the Tabernacle sits a wooden hand-cross. This one is carved out of linden wood, and on two sides. It was carved for Father Roman Dusanowskyj, the parish’s current priest. This cross was carved in Lviv, Ukraine by a seminarian as gift for Fr. Roman. The carvings depict the crucified Christ on one side, and the Mother of Sorrows on the other. Two red cloths, purificators also sit on the altar. A communion spoon from the parish’s earliest years. The spoon is decorated with an anchor-cross – so it is likely that it was made specifically for the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Parish in Sydney, NS.
The vestments hanging here are used by the priests of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic parish. The embroidered vestments are originally from Ukraine. The red vestment is used during solemn occasions such as funerals and Great Lent.