Photo of the Day for June 30, 2013

June 29, 2013 7:00 pm

Stairs to the Chicken-Coop, Rubjel’ 2009.  На куратнік, Рубель 2009 год.

 

Photo of the Day for June 29, 2013: Feast of Peter & Paul / Пятра й Паўла

June 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Peter & Paul (part II), church of the Apostles Peter & Paul, Staryja Vasilishki 2012.  Пятра й Паўла (частка ІI), касьцёл Сьв. апосталаў Пятра й Паўла, Старыя Васілішкі 2012 год.

More than 1,000 people, with some traveling from Lithuania, assemble for the annual name-day celebratory Mass in Staryja Vasilishki.

End of the procession.  На прыканцы працэсіі.

Photo of the Day for June 28, 2013: Feast of Peter & Paul / Пятра й Паўла

June 27, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Peter & Paul (part I), church of the Apostles Peter & Paul, Staryja Vasilishki 2012.  Пятра й Паўла (частка І), касьцёл Сьв. апосталаў Пятра й Паўла, Старыя Васілішкі 2012 год.

The Roman Catholic feast of Peter & Paul falls on June 29.  The celebratory Mass in the beloved church of Staryja Vasilishki is attended every year by an overflow crowd.

Holy Communion.  Сьвятая Камунія.

 

Photo of the Day for June 27, 2013

June 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Belarus in  Faces (part LXXIX):  Stary Ljepjel’ 2007.  Беларусь у тварах (частка LXXIX):  Стары Лепель 2007 год.

Photo of the Day for June 26, 2013: Orthodox Trinity / Тройца

June 25, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Holy Trinity (part IV), Azdamichy 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы (частка ІV), Аздамічы 2012 год.

Holy Trinity is one of the feasts when parish families from Azdamichy and Tsjerablichy make a special effort to have their children take communion.

Photo of the Day for June 25, 2013: Orthodox Trinity / Тройца

June 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Holy Trinity (part III), Azdamichy 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы (частка ІII), Аздамічы 2012 год.

The parish of the Holy Trinity in Azdamichy and Tsjerablichy celebrates its name-day feast over three days, culminating in the major church service on Trinity Tuesday.

Here parish priest Father Aljaksandr’s middle son tends a candle holder.  Each of several candle holders in an Orthodox church holds beeswax candles lit in memory of parishioners’ forebears.  The candles generate substantial heat and tending the candle holder requires alertness to straighten wilting candles, extinguish stubs, remove dripped wax, and continually seat new candles.

Photo of the Day for June 24, 2013: Orthodox Trinity / Тройца

June 23, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Holy Trinity (part II), Azdamichy 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы (частка ІI), Аздамічы 2012 год.

Here a mother lifts her daughter to kiss the icon in the center of the nave before lining up for children’s communion.

Photo of the Day for June 23, 2013: Orthodox Trinity / Тройца

June 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Holy Trinity (part I), Azdamichy 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы (частка І), Аздамічы 2012 год.

The parish of the Holy Trinity in the central Pripet villages of Azdamichy and Tsjerablichy celebrates Trinity over three days, holding its annual name-day feast on Trinity Tuesday, thus June 25 in 2013.  For this feast parish priest Father Aljaksandr is assisted by half-a-dozen or more priests from neighboring parishes and from the Pinsk-Luninjets eparchate.

Here one of the assisting priests circles the nave at the beginning of the service, blessing the icons and the parishioners.

Photos of the Day for June 22, 2013: Orthodox Trinity / Тройца

June 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Orthodox Trinity Sunday (June 23 in 2013).  Тройца.

In a tradition with deep pre-Christian roots, Orthodox Belarusans mark the feast of Trinity by spreading marsh reeds in the entryway and throughout their home as well as in front of their parish church and in the nave.  In pre-Christian times this tradition celebrated the greening of spring.  Now the tradition recalls that Christ’s first disciples were fishermen.

Collecting reeds, Tsjerablichy 2012.  Падрыхтоўка да Тройцы:  збор ляпешніку, Цераблічы 2012 год.

Trinity Sunday, Azdamichy 2012.  Тройца, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for June 21, 2013

June 20, 2013 7:00 pm

Making prastakvasha (clabber), Psuja 2007.  У чаканьні прастаквашы, Псуя 2007 год.