Photos of the Day for September 30, 2011: Feast of the Dormition III / Усьпеньне ІІІ

September 29, 2011 8:00 pm

Orthodox Feast of the Dormition (part III), Church of the Dormition of the Most Blessed Mother of God, Al’pjen’ 2011.  Сьвяток Усьпеньня Найсьвяцейшай Багародзіцы (частка III), царква Ўсьпеньня Прасьвятой Багародзіцы, Альпень 2011 год.

Альпень адчувае сябе не так добра, як суседнія вёскі. Прыход паменшаў і пастарэў. Але на штогадовы сьвяток людзей зьбіраецца шмат. Традыцыя жыве.

See also photos for September 28-29.  Гл. таксама фатаграфіі 28-29 верасьня.

Confession.  Споведзь.

Photos of the Day for September 29, 2011: Feast of the Dormition II / Усьпеньне IІ

September 28, 2011 8:00 pm

Orthodox Feast of the Dormition (part II), Church of the Dormition of the Most Blessed Mother of God, Al’pjen’ 2011.  Сьвяток Усьпеньня Найсьвяцейшай Багародзіцы (частка II), царква Ўсьпеньня Прасьвятой Вагародзіцы, Альпень 2011 год.

Альпень адчувае сябе не так добра, як суседнія вёскі. Прыход паменшаў і пастарэў. Але на штогадовы сьвяток людзей зьбіраецца шмат. Традыцыя жыве.

The Church of the Dormition of the Most Blessed Mother of God in Al’pjen’ celebrates its feast day (сьвяток – s’vjatok) on August 28, the date of the Feast of the Dormition in eastern Orthodox churches.  The Dormition is equivalent to the August 15 Feast of the Assumption in the Roman Catholic church.

Al’pjen’ has not flourished to the extent of its neighboring villages and the parish has grown smaller and more elderly.  However, the annual feast day brings strong attendance and reaffirms the importance people in this part of Polesia attach to passing on their faith and traditions to younger generations.

See photo for September 28.  Гл. фатаграфію 28 верасьня.

Photo of the Day for September 28, 2011: Feast of the Dormition I / Усьпеньне І

September 27, 2011 8:00 pm

Orthodox Feast of the Dormition (part I), Church of the Dormition of the Most Blessed Mother of God, Al’pjen’ 2011.  Сьвяток Усьпеньня Найсьвяцейшай Багародзіцы (частка І), царква Ўсьпеньня Прасьвятой Багародзіцы, Альпень 2011 год.

Альпень адчувае сябе не так добра, як суседнія вёскі. Прыход паменшаў і пастарэў. Але на штогадовы сьвяток людзей зьбіраецца шмат. Традыцыя жыве.

Дзяўчынка папрасіла ў маці дазволу прыглядаць за сьвечкамі. І прыглядала ўсю раніцу ціха і старанна.

The Church of the Dormition of the Most Blessed Mother of God in Al’pjen’ celebrates its feast day (сьвяток – s’vjatok) on August 28, the date of the Feast of the Dormition in eastern Orthodox churches.  The Dormition is equivalent to the August 15 Feast of the Assumption in the Roman Catholic church (see photos for September 21-22 and 24).

Al’pjen’ has one of the series of well-preserved wooden churches in the central Prypjats’ area of Polesia.  The Al’pjen’ parish has an energetic priest but has grown smaller and more elderly than those of neighboring villages.  However, the parish shared the resistance of the other parishes in the area to the attempts of the Soviet regime to wipe out Christian faith and many people who have moved away, or their descendants, return for the feast day.  When this area of Belarus was part of the interwar Second Polish Republic the parish participated in the attempt to revive the Greek Orthodox church, dominant throughout Belarus until crushed by the Russian Empire in and subsequent to 1839.  The parish shares the welcoming spirit I have found in the other churches of the area.

The little girl in this photo had asked her mother whether she could tend the candles, an important lay function during the Orthodox service.  She carried out her task quietly and diligently throughout the morning.

Photo of the Day for September 27, 2011

September 26, 2011 8:00 pm

Braslau 2011.  Браслаў 2011 год.

This lady greeted me cheerfully after bicycling with fresh flowers from her garden to place at a shrine on the outskirts of Braslau, in Belarus’ northern lake region.

Photo of the Day for September 26, 2011: Belarus in Faces V / Беларусь у тварах V

September 25, 2011 8:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part V).  Беларусь у тварах (частка V).

I came upon these Polesian grannies enjoying the gloaming of a mid-August evening.  We agreed to look for one another the next day at the Feast of Apple-Blessing in the local parish church.

Tsjerablichy 2011.  Цераблічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for September 25, 2011: Churches of Belarus IX / Касьцёлы Беларусі IX

September 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Churches of Belarus, part IX.  Касьцёлы Беларусі (частка IX).

Church of St. Stanislav, Daljokija 2009.  Касьцёл Сьвятога Станіслава, Далёкія 2009 год.

Photo of the Day for September 24, 2011: Feast of the Assumption III / Унебаўзяцьця ІІІ

September 23, 2011 8:00 pm

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (part III), Church of the Assumption, Mijory 2011.  Унебаўзяцьця (частка III), касьцёл Унебаўзяцьця Найсьвяцейшай Панны Марыі, Міёры 2011 год.

Mijory in northern Belarus has a strong parish and the church’s noon-time feast day Mass on August 15 was standing room only despite falling on a workday.  It is always inspiring to see how determined parents and grandparents are to bring their children and grandchildren up in the church.

Photo of the Day for September 23, 2011

September 22, 2011 8:00 pm

Rye Field, Vjaljejka District 2011.  Жыта, Вялейскі раён 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for September 22, 2011: Feast of the Assumption II / Унебаўзяцьця ІІ

September 21, 2011 8:00 pm

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (part II), Church of the Assumption, Mijory 2011.  Унебаўзяцьця (частка II), касьцёл Унебаўзяцьця Найсьвяцейшай Панны Марыі, Міёры 2011 год.

Mijory in northern Belarus has a strong parish and the church’s noon-time feast day Mass on August 15 was standing room only despite falling on a workday.  It is always inspiring to see how determined parents and grandparents are to bring their children and grandchildren up in the church.

Photo of the Day for September 21, 2011: Feast of the Assumption I / Унебаўзяцьця І

September 20, 2011 8:00 pm

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (part I), Church of the Assumption, Mijory 2011.  Унебаўзяцьця (частка І), касьцёл Унебаўзяцьця Найсьвяцейшай Панны Марыі, Міёры 2011 год.

Mijory in northern Belarus has a strong parish and the church’s noon-time feast day Mass on August 15 was standing room only despite falling on a workday.

The Roman Catholic mass for the Feast of the Assumption traditionally includes the blessing of a bouquet or basket of flowers, not only in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary but also in hope of a bountiful harvest.