Photo of the Day for October 21, 2013

October 20, 2013 7:00 pm

Indian Summer along the River S’vislach, Mjensk 2001.  Бабіна лета ўздоўж р. Сьвіслач, Менск 2001 год.

 

Photo of the Day for October 20, 2013

October 19, 2013 7:00 pm

Churches of Belarus (part XLVII):  church of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, Turets 2000.  Цэрквы Беларусі (частка XLVII):  царква Покрыва Прасьвятой Багародзіцы, Турэц 2000 год.

Photos of the Day for October 19, 2013

October 18, 2013 7:00 pm

Monet Moments, near Lakhva 2013.  На ўспамін Клода Манэ, ля в. Лахва 2013 год.

Scudding clouds made the light dance every few seconds.

Photo of the Day for October 18, 2013

October 17, 2013 7:00 pm

End of the service, feast of Pakrou (feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.  Канец службы Пакрова, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for October 17, 2013

October 16, 2013 7:00 pm

Pakrou (Feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.  Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 год.

At the end of the service parishioners line up to kiss the icon of the Holy Mother of God and to teach their children to do so.

Photo of the Day for October 16, 2013

October 15, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Pakrou (Protection of the Blessed Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.  Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Ready to assist at any moment, grandmothers and aunts look on attentively as this mother prepares to present her newborn for children’s communion.

Photo of the Day for October 15, 2013

October 14, 2013 7:00 pm

Anointing with oil, Feast of Pakrou (Protection of the Blessed Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.  Памазаньне, сьвята Пакрова, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Father Aljaksandr anoints parishioners with holy oil.  This rite comes toward the end of the first half of the service during major Orthodox feasts.

Photo of the Day for October 14, 2013

October 13, 2013 7:00 pm

Pakrou (Feast of the Protection of the Blessed Mother of God, October 14), Azdamichy 2012.  Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Father Aljaksandr blesses the Eucharist at the beginning of the Pakrou service.

Photo of the Day for October 13, 2013

October 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Feast of Pakrou (Protection of the Holy Mother of God), Azdamichy 2012.  Пакроў, Аздамічы 2012 год.

In the cycle of the year, Pakrou, celebrated on October 14, marks the traditional end of work in field and garden.  Parishioners pray for the protection of the Holy Mother of God through the winter and for Her intervention to ensure that the ground is fertile for the next year’s cycle.

These women’s faces reflect the stoic Christian faith at the heart of the Belarusian character:  relief that the harvest is in, the strength to have borne the daily chores in field and barnyard and in tending hearth and home, determination to carry on through the coming winter, hope for the next year.

Photo of the Day for October 12, 2013

October 11, 2013 7:00 pm

Oak Grove, Borki (Zhytkavichy District) 2013.  Дуброўка, Боркі (Жыткавіцкі раён) 2013 год.

These oaks form but the leading edge of a splendid, and rare, extended open grove in the central Pripet Marshes.