Photos of the Day for October 25, 2014

Along the road from Kramjanitsa to Mjensk:  roots of the Belarusian nation.  Па дарозе Крамяніца-Менск:  карані беларускай нацыі.

The Kryvichy dominated a broad swath of territory in the Njoman, Dzvina and upper Dnieper river basins in the early medieval period and were one of the main tribal unions which coalesced into the Belarusian nation.  Reflecting the extent of the Kryvichy’s settlement, a  series of villages from western through northern Belarus bears the ethnonym Kryvichy.  I took these photos in two villages named Kryvichy while returning to Mjensk from the feast of Corpus Christi in Kramjanitsa.

Этноным Крывічы ў заходняй Беларусі.

Old granary, village of Kryvichy (on the river Zal’vanka in the Zel’va District of western Belarus) 2014.  Старое гумно ў в. Крывічы на рацэ Зальвянка (Зэльвенскі раён) 2014 г.

Traditional wooden fence, village of Kryvichy (near the river Njoman in Iuje District of northwestern Belarus).  Традыцыйны плот, Крывічы (каля ракі Нёман, Іўеўскі раён) 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for October 24, 2014

Journey from Zel’va to Mjensk.  Па дарозе Зэльва-Менск.

Churches of Belarus (part LXXV):  church of the Holy Trinity, Zel’va 2014.   Касьцёлы Беларусі (частка LXXV):  касьцёл Сьвятой Тройцы, Зэльва 2014 г.

 

Photos of the Day for October 23, 2014

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, feast of Corpus Christi, church of Corpus Christi, Kramjanitsa 2014.  Дабраславеньне Найсьвяцейшага Сакрамэнту, сьвята Божага Цела, касьцёл Божага Цела, Крамяніца 2014 г.

Photos of the Day for October 22, 2014

Third station, procession of Corpus Christi, parish of Corpus Christi, Kramjanitsa 2014.  Трэцяя станцыя, працэсія Божага Цела, парафія Божага Цела, Крамяніца 2014 г.

Photos of the Day for October 21, 2014

Second station, procession of the Blessed Sacrament, feast of Corpus Christi, Kramjanitsa 2014.  Другая станцыя, працэсія Божага Цела, Крамяніца 2014 г.

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.