Photo of the Day for January 31, 2013

January 30, 2013 7:00 pm

Polesia in Winter (part XVIII).  Палесьсе ўзімку (частка XVIII).

Horse-drawn carts remain vital to the smallholder economy of Central Polesia.  In Rubjel’ the ceaseless horse-cart traffic throughout the seasons reflects the dynamism of a village renowned for the high quality of both its agricultural produce and the Orthodox priests it has furnished to parishes throughout Belarus and Ukraine.

Rubjel’ 2011.  Рубель 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for January 30, 2013

January 29, 2013 7:00 pm

Polesia in Winter (part XVII).  Палесьсе ўзімку (частка XVII).

Vjalikaje Maljeshava 2012.  Вялікае Малешава 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for January 29, 2013

January 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Polesia in Winter (part XVI).  Палесьсе ўзімку (частка XVI).

Tsjerablichy 2012.  Цераблічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for January 28, 2013

January 27, 2013 7:00 pm

Polesia in Winter (part XV).  Палесьсе ўзімку (частка XV).

Vjalikaje Maljeshava 2012.  Вялікае Малешава 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for January 27, 2013

January 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Churches of Belarus (part XXIII):  Orthodox church of the Protection of the Most Blessed Mother of God, Vjazyn’ 2007.  Цэрквы Беларусі (частка ХХІІІ):  царква Пакрова Прасьвятой Багародзіцы, Вязынь 2007 год.

This Orthodox church was built on the foundations of a Roman Catholic church during the harsh re-imposition of Russian imperial rule and Russian Orthodoxy after the abortive Polish-Belarusian-Lithuanian uprising of 1863-64.  Under the Soviet regime the authorities profaned the church by using it as a club.

Photo of the Day for January 26, 2013

January 25, 2013 7:00 pm

Vespers Service, Davyd-Haradok 2012.  Вячэрня, Давыд-Гарадок 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for January 25, 2013

January 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Winter fog on the frozen river Chakva, Rubjel’ (Rubel’) 2011.  Зімовы туман над р. Чаква, Рубель (Рубэль) 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for January 24, 2013

January 23, 2013 7:00 pm

Fresh snow in January.  Сьвежы сьнегапад у студзені.

Panjamon’ 2011.  Панямонь 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for January 23, 2013

January 22, 2013 7:00 pm

On the way home from church with blessed water for Vadokhryshcha (Orthodox Theophany, January 19).  Rubjel’ 2011.  Дадому з асвечанай вадой на Вадохрышча, Рубель 2011 год.

These women have had containers of water blessed in church on the eve of Vadokhryshcha as they will not be able to attend the early morning service on the feast day.

Photo of the Day for January 22, 2013

January 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Orthodox Theophany (Vadokhryshcha), January 19.  Вадохрышча.

At the end of the service of Vadokhryshcha, the Orthodox equivalent of Western Christian Epiphany, parishioners who have not brought their own water fill containers from the barrels which the priest has blessed during the service.  People use the water to protect their homes; the local priest will also go through the village to bless homes and barns with holy water and to draw a cross on the door as a sign of protection.

Azdamichy 2012.  Аздамічы 2012 год.