Photos of the Day for October 31, 2013

October 30, 2013 7:00 pm

Evangelical Baptism (part III), Al’shany 2013.  Эвангеліцкае хрышчэньне (частка ІII), Альшаны 2013 год.

Photos of the Day for October 30, 2013

October 29, 2013 7:00 pm

Evangelical Baptism (part II), Al’shany 2013.  Эвангеліцкае хрышчэньне (частка ІI), Альшаны 2013 год.

After their full-immersion baptism, women are wrapped in white cloth as a symbol of purification and to keep them warm until they can change for their formal presentation to the congregation.

Photos of the Day for October 29, 2013

October 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Evangelical Baptism (part I), Al’shany 2013.  Эвангеліцкае хрышчэньне (частка І), Альшаны 2013 год.

See also photos for July 1-2, 2013 and July 21-22 and 24-25, 2010.  Гл. таксама фотаздымкі 1-2 ліпеня 2013 г. ды 21-22 і 24-25 ліпеня 2010 г.

The vibrant evangelical Protestant church in Al’shany in the central Pripet area of Polesia holds a communal baptism every year at the beginning of summer.  At this year’s ceremony 26 young women and eight men were baptized.  As many as a thousand people attended from the Al’shany congregation and daughter churches in surrounding villages.

Baptist and other evangelical Protestant churches in central Polesia carry on a vigorous, century-old tradition, dating from the time when emigrants to the United States returned and planted churches in their home villages.  Today adherence to the Protestant churches is growing steadily in this area.  Congregants have large families (there are currently 900 children enrolled in the youth programs of the Al’shany church).  These families have grown prosperous as truck farmers producing cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables for Mjensk and for export to Russia.  There is a vibrant link between the Al’shany church and a church planted by new emigrants from the area in Spokane, Washington.

Photo of the Day for October 28, 2013

October 27, 2013 7:00 pm

Near Ruzhany 2001.  Пад Ружанамі 2001 год.

Photo of the Day for October 27, 2013

October 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Churches of Belarus (part XLVIII):  Church of the Holy Trinity, Zas’vir 2001. Касьцёлы Беларусі (частка XLVIII):  касьцёл Сьвятой Тройцы, Засьвір 2001 год.

Photo of the Day for October 26, 2013

October 25, 2013 7:00 pm

Zas’vir 2001.  Засьвір 2001 год.

Photo of the Day for October 25, 2013

October 24, 2013 7:00 pm

October Fog, Karelichy 2000.  Кастрычніцкі туман, Карэлічы 2000 год.

Photo of the Day for October 24, 2013

October 23, 2013 7:00 pm

From the Highway to Vilnius, Indian Summer 2000.  З дарогі Валожын-Альшаны 2000 год.

Photo of the Day for October 23, 2013

October 22, 2013 7:00 pm

“Tiffany Stained Glass”, Mjensk 2001.  Уздоўж р. Сьвіслач, Менск 2001 год.

Photo of the Day for October 22, 2013

October 21, 2013 7:00 pm

An August Feast, Tsjerablichy 2013.  Жнівеньскі смак, Цераблічы 2013 год.

This was a bumper year for pears in Belarus, so much so that some older trees went unharvested and thus provided an extended feast for bees and butterflies.