Photo of the Day for March 21, 2013

March 20, 2013 7:00 pm

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

The parish priest gave an energetic sermon at the end of the service.

Photo of the Day for March 20, 2013

March 19, 2013 7:00 pm

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

Blessing of parishioners at the end of the procession.

Photo of the Day for March 19, 2013

March 18, 2013 7:00 pm

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

Orthodox processions move counter-clockwise around the church; Roman Catholic processions clockwise.

Photo of the Day for March 18, 2013

March 17, 2013 7:00 pm

Polesia in Winter (part XX).  Палесьсе ўзімку (частка ХХ).

Sometimes in Belarus one feels transported into a 17th-century Dutch drawing.

Al’pjen’ 2013.  Альпень 2013 год.

Photo of the Day for March 17, 2013

March 16, 2013 7:00 pm

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

Members of the choir, which sang beautifully.

Photo of the Day for March 16, 2013

March 15, 2013 7:00 pm

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

As the feast-day service lasts more than four-and-a-half hours, there is a rest period in the middle.

Photo of the Day for March 15, 2013

March 14, 2013 7:00 pm

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

Photo of the Day for March 14, 2013

March 13, 2013 7:00 pm

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

For this feast day the parish priest is assisted by the priest from a nearby village.

Photo of the Day for March 13, 2013

March 12, 2013 7:00 pm

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

The population of Radchytsk has aged and shrunk over the past thirty years.  However, parishioners still celebrate their feast day on September 21 with great energy and devotion.

Photo of the Day for March 12, 2013

March 11, 2013 7:00 pm

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

Marusja, daughter-in-law of Granny Vul’ljana and Granddad Ivan (who died on February 14), is a paragon of kindness, resilience, and industriousness.  Here, paused in her knitting, she is lost in thought about the close call she and her husband had when their neighbor’s barn caught fire in the middle of the night and they were only barely able to save their own barn from being engulfed.

Marusja, Tsjerablichy 2013.  Цётка Маруся, Цераблічы 2013 год.