They are whimsical, colorful and very joyful. However, the Ukrainians who created these bright eggs once risked persecution for it when the Communists ruled the former Soviet Union because they were part of a religious holiday.
This Easter, when Ukrainians face a continuous Russian invasion, seems to be just as poignant a time to celebrate this centuries-old art form.
Easter eggs can be found even here in Lancaster County. The multicolored eggs depicted here are on display at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Delp Road, where they were first introduced by the Rev. Craig Ross and Nancy Ross in the 1990s. Nancy Ross, as well as church member Beryl Swisher, used to take weekly art classes at the church. Some of the eggs on display in the church were made by members of the church.
The process of making Easter eggs is long and detailed. A clever tool called a brush is dipped in melted beeswax, which is applied in an intricate way to the egg. The egg is then dipped in the dye, and the process is repeated, adding more wax patterns. The egg is dipped in a different color of paint each time.
Finally, the egg is held over a candle flame to remove the wax, revealing its intricate designs. The finished egg is varnished, and the internal substances of the egg are removed by piercing small holes in the top and bottom of the egg. If Easter eggs are handled carefully, they can last indefinitely.
Ukrainian families used to take eggs to church on Easter to bless them, and many eggs may have been given away.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will celebrate Easter services several times today. Traditional worship at the shrine takes place at 8.00 and 10.45; at 9:15 a.m. at the church worship service. And at 10:45 in the Church Center for Family Life on Easter Sunday will be Praise for the New Day.
For more information, visit stpeterslutheran.org.