Photos of the Day for October 20, 2014

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, feast of Corpus Christi, church of Corpus Christi, Kramjanitsa 2014.  Працэсія Божага Цела, парафія Божага Цела ў в. Крамяніца 2014 г.

The feast of Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Holy Trinity (thus June 19 in 2014).  Corpus Christi, which celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, is one of the ten holy days of obligation in the Roman Catholic church.

In many parishes the procession on Corpus Christi stops at four stations — either permanent shrines in the churchyard or, as in Kramjanitsa, shrines built for the day — where, accompanied by readings from the Gospels and litanies, the priest solemnly displays the Eucharist.  Here the procession moves from the first station just outside the entrance to the church to the second station, located in the heart of the village.  In the background of the first two photos one can see some of the 14 Stations of the Cross in the churchyard wall.

Photo of the Day for October 19, 2014

New cemetery, Tsjerablichy, August evening 2014.  Новыя могілкі ў жнівеньскім асьвятленьні, Цераблічы 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for October 18, 2014

Scaling fish, Tsjerablichy 2014.  Ачыстка ад лускі, Цераблічы 2014 г.

Cleaning the day’s catch from the River Pripet (Prypjats’ – Прыпяць).

Photo of the Day for October 17, 2014

August sunset, Tsjerablichy 2014.  Жнівеньскі закат, Цераблічы 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for October 16, 2014

Harvest season in Polesia:  pumpkins and apples, Ramjel’ 2014.  Палескі ўраджай:  гарбузы й яблыкі, Рамель 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for October 15, 2014

View westward from near the bridge over the River Moustva (Mastva), Tsjerablichy 2014.  Від на захад з масту над р. Моўства (Маства), Цераблічы 2014 г.

Photos of the Day for October 14, 2014

Pakrou (Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Holy Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.

Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 г.

Although Pakrou is not one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar, it remains a great feast and is keenly observed in Belarus.  Pakrou marks the traditional annual end of work in the fields; the feast is celebrated to appeal to the Holy Mother of God for protection during the coming winter and for fertile ground in the spring.

Photo of the Day for October 13, 2014

Pakrou (Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Holy Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.

Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 г.

Although Pakrou is not one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar, it remains a great feast and is keenly observed in Belarus.  Pakrou marks the traditional annual end of work in the fields; the feast is celebrated to appeal to the Holy Mother of God for protection during the coming winter and for fertile ground in the spring.

Here Father Aljaksandr’s acolytes, including two of his sons, listen attentively to his homily at the end of the service.

Photos of the Day for October 12, 2014

Pakrou (Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Holy Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.

Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 г.

Although Pakrou is not one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar, it remains a great feast and is keenly observed in Belarus.  Pakrou marks the traditional annual end of work in the fields; the feast is celebrated to appeal to the Holy Mother of God for protection during the coming winter and for fertile ground in the spring.

Photo of the Day for October 11, 2014

Polesian light in August:  view from the Tsjerablichy-Machul’ road 2014.  Палескія ландшафты пад жнівеньскім асьвятленьнем:  уздоўж дарогі Цераблічы-Мачуль 2014 г.