Easter / Вялікдзень

March 31, 2013 12:01 am

Christ is risen!  Happy Easter!  Хрыстус з мёртвых устаў!  Са сьвятам!

Easter Morning Procession, Iuje 2012.  Велікодная працэсія, Іўе 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for March 30, 2013: Holy Saturday / Вялікая субота

March 29, 2013 7:00 pm

Blessing of Easter eggs and bread, Holy Saturday, Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mjensk 2013.  Асьвячэньне велікодных страў у Вялікую суботу, архікатэдрала Імя Найсьвяцейшай Панны Марыі, Менск 2012 год.

Roman Catholics stream into church throughout the day on Holy Saturday to have the priest bless their Easter eggs and bread.

Photo of the Day for March 29, 2013: Good Friday / Вялікая пятніца Мукі Пана

March 28, 2013 7:00 pm

To mark Good Friday.  З нагоды Вялікай пятніцы.

Churches of Belarus (part XXVII):  Church of St. Anne (1773-1781; restored 1995), Varoncha 2012.  Касьцёлы Беларусі (частка XXVII):  Касьцёл Сьвятой Ганны (1773-1781 гг; адбудаваны 1995 г.), Варонча 2012 год.

Noted Belarusian-Polish poet-ethnographer Jan Chachot was christened in this church in 1796.  Chachot was a friend of Adam Mickiewicz, considered by Poles the national poet of Poland; Mickiewicz was born about 12 kilometers from Varoncha.  Forefathers of the great 20th century Belarusian photographer Jan Bulhak are buried in the churchyard.

In 1943 Soviet partisans set fire to the estate in Varoncha, burning alive or shooting all but one member of the Ljubanski family, owners of the estate.  The same band of partisans torched the church.  In 2008 Belarusian documentary filmmaker Jury Hauruljou (Юры Гаўрулёў) made the film “Край сьветлых мрояў” (“Land of Luminous Dreams”) about this murder and arson.

Photo of the Day for March 28, 2013: Maundy Thursday / Вялікі чацьверг

March 27, 2013 7:00 pm

Awaiting Maundy Thursday Mass, Church of St. Casimir, Ljepjel’ 2007.  У чаканьні Сьвятой Імшы, Вялікі чацьверг, касьцёл Сьв. Казіміра, Лепель 2007 год.

Like so many other churches in areas occupied by the Soviets, the Roman Catholic church in Ljepjel’ was desecrated; local Soviet authorities used the church as a warehouse for old machinery.  Through the devotion and hard work of parishioners and then-parish priest Father Mieczislaw the church was reclaimed and restored in the early 1990s and reconsecrated in 1995.

Photo of the Day for March 27, 2013

March 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Spring Flood, Pripet Marshes near Pinsk 2007.  Паводка пад Пінскам 2007 год.

Spring flooding in the Pripet River basin is vital for the health of the marshes and the level of the water table.  The region bears the detrimental effects of decades of Soviet “amelioration”, which disrupted the natural ebbs and flows.  However, in some areas the nourishing spring flood is left to continue.

Photo of the Day for March 26, 2013

March 25, 2013 7:00 pm

Early spring, Rymtsjeli 2007.  Ранняя вясна, Рымцелі 2007 год.

Tidy houses, tidy yards, tidy plots to be tended and harvested:  Belarusian villages carry one into the timeless space of the tales one listened to so avidly as a child.

Rymtsjeli is in an area of northwestern Belarus which has many Baltic or Balto-Slavic toponyms.

Photo of the Day for March 25, 2013

March 24, 2013 7:00 pm

In honor of the feast of the Annunciation.  З нагоды Зьвеставаньня Пана.

Since this celebration in 2009 the parish in Al’kovichy has changed its church’s name from the Annunciation (feast day March 25) to the Visitation of the Virgin Mary (May 31).

Al’kovichy 2009.  Альковічы 2009 год.

 

Photo of the Day for March 24, 2013: Palm Sunday / Пальмовая нядзеля

March 23, 2013 7:00 pm

In honor of Palm Sunday.  З нагоды Пальмовай нядзелі.

Palm Sunday Masses are always joyous and standing-room only in Iuje.  Дзякуй выдатнай парафіі й выдатнаму Айцу Яну, сьвяткаваньне касьцёлных сьвятаў у Іўі заўсёды радасным.  Віншуем усіх з Пальмовай нядзеляй!

Iuje 2009.  Іўе 2009 год.

Photo of the Day for March 23, 2013

March 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Orthodox feast of the Birth of the Mother of God (part X), church of the Birth of the Mother of God, Radchytsk, September 21, 2012.  Сьвяток Нараджэньня Божай Маці (частка X), царква Нараджэньня Божай Маці, Радчыцк 2012 год.

Parishioners lined up for the traditional kissing of the cross at the end of the service.

Photo of the Day for March 22, 2013

March 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Orthodox feast of the Birth of the Mother of God (part IX), church of the Birth of the Mother of God, Radchytsk, September 21, 2012.  Сьвяток Нараджэньня Божай Маці (частка IX), царква Нараджэньня Божай Маці, Радчыцк 2012 год.

Listening to the sermon.