Photo of the Day for February 7, 2016

Belarus in winter:  on the road to Pachapava 2016.  Беларусь ўзімку:  па дарозе на Пачапава 2016 г.

Photos of the Day for February 6, 2016

Belarus in winter:  Mastytychy 2016.  Беларусь узімку:  Мастытычы 2016 г.

Photographic expeditions in January took me several times to the rolling hills of northern Baranavichy District.  Although in decline for the same reasons afflicting so many other villages in Belarus, Mastytychy, along the road to Pachapava, draws the eye with what the hands of earlier generations wrought:  a line of stately trees and a root cellar burrowed into the hillside.

Заўсёды звяртае ўвагу простая але затое грунтоўная спадчына беларускіх вёсак:  акуратныя драўляныя хаты, алеі пасаджаныя акуратна ўздоўж галоўнай вуліцы, акуратныя лёхі.

Photos of the Day for February 5, 2016

Belarus in winter:  trees by Kaldycheva 2016.  Беларусь узімку:  галоўная дарога ля в. Калдычэва 2016.

Kaldycheva, a village north of the major western Belarusian city of Baranavichy, was the site of a Nazi German-organized death camp.  Today, the main road past the village is a peaceful place, especially when blanketed by snow.

 

Photo of the Day for February 4, 2016

Family and friends with Father Georgij Sapun’s widow Hanna at the fortieth-day wake (paminki) for Father Georgij (III/III), Pachapava 2016.

Памінкі па айцу Георгію Сапуну (ІІІ/ІІІ):  сваякі й сябры з удавай Ганнай, Пачапава 2016 г.

Photos of the Day for February 3, 2016

Family and parishioners at the fortieth-day wake (paminki) for Father Georgij Sapun (II/III), Pachapava 2016.

Сваякі й іншыя прыхаджане на памінках па айцу Георгію Сапуну (ІІ/ІІІ), Пачапава 2016 г.

A parishioner recalls how, despite the Soviet regime still in force, Father Georgij found a way to give her and her husband a church wedding fifteen years after their civil ceremony.

Father Georgi’s grandson Sjarhjej, whose bass voice anchors the Pachapava church choir.  Унук айца Георгія Сяргей Крукоўскі, чый бас замацоўвае царкоўны хор у Пачапаве.

On the left is new parish priest Father Vasil”s wife and son.  З левага боку новая матушка з сынкам.

Photos of the Day for February 2, 2016

Fortieth-day wake (paminki) for Father Georgij Sapun (I/III), Pachapava 2016.  In the Orthodox Christian tradition family members and other parishioners hold wakes after the funeral, art or just before the 40th day, and at the one-year mark after death.  Here family and parishioners gather with Father Georgij’s widow to commemorate him.  Father Vasil’, the parish’s new priest, leads the prayer before the meal.

Памінкі па айцу Георгію Сапуну (I/III), Пачапава 2016 г.

A place is set for Father Georgij.

Photos of the Day for February 1, 2016

Fortieth-day memorial service (panikhida) for Father Georgij Sapun, Pachapava 2016.  Паніхіда па айцу Георгію Сапуну, Пачапава 2016 г.

 

Blessing of Father Georgij’s grave, which lies in the churchyard.  Асьвячэньне магілы айца Георгія.

 

Photos of the Day for January 31, 2016

Preparation for 40th-day memorial service (panikhida) for Father Georgij Sapun, Pachapava 2016.

Father Georgij died December 13, 2015 after serving for more than sixty years as the Orthodox priest of the parishes of Pachapava and Vjalikaja Svarotva in western Belarus.  Through his tireless efforts the churches in both villages were restored:  see photos of the day for August 7, 2015.  On the table to the left of the candle stand are a special pudding with a cross formed from raisins (kuts’tsja), which participants in the memorial service will share in Father Georgij’s memory at the wake following the service; a loaf of bread from which the priest will cut a wedge during the memorial service; and a bag of commemorative sweets which participants will share in honor of Father Georgij.

Падрыхтоўка да паніхіды па айцу Георгію Сапуну, Пачапава 2016 г.  Айцец Георгій памёр пасьля больш за 60-гадовай службы сьвятарам прыходаў у Пачапаве й Вялікай Сваротве:  гл. таксама фотаздымкі дня 7-га жніўня 2015 г.

 

Photos of the Day for January 30, 2016

Mjensk in winter 2016 (IV/IV).  Менск узімку 2016 г. (IV/IV)

A rare remaining example of Mjensk’s art nouveau patrimony:  1913 building at the corner of Kamsamol’skaja and Internatsyjanal’naja Streets.  Рэдкі засталы прыклад спадчыны стылю мадэрн у Менску:  будынак з 1913 г. на перакрыжаваньні вуліц Камсамольскай і Інтэрнацыянальнай.

 

Along Kamsamol’skaja Street.  Уздоўж Камсамольскай.

Photo of the Day for January 29, 2016

Mjensk in winter 2016 (III/IV).  Менск узімку 2016 г. (III/IV)