Photo of the Day for February 19, 2015

February 18, 2015 7:00 pm

Baptism of Jelisjej (part 6/8), Tsjerablichy 2015.  Хрышчэньне Елісея (частка 6/8), Цераблічы 2015 г.

At the end of the ceremony, Father Vital’ cuts several strands of hair to be placed on the back of an icon bought to commemorate the baptism.

Photos of the Day for February 18, 2015

February 17, 2015 7:00 pm

Baptism of Jelisjej (part 5/8), Tsjerablichy 2015.  Хрышчэньне Елісея (частка 5/8), Цераблічы 2015 г.

Father Vital’ anoints Jelisjej’s ears, eyes, cheeks, hands and feet to give him the protection of the Holy Spirit.

Photos of the Day for February 17, 2015

February 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Baptism of Jelisjej (part 4/8):  preparation for anointing with oil.  Tsjerablichy 2015.  Хрышчэньне Елісея (частка 4/8):  падрыхтоўка да памазаньня асьвячоным алеем.  Цераблічы 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for February 16, 2015

February 15, 2015 7:00 pm

Baptism of Jelisjej (part 3/8), Tsjerablichy 2015.  Хрышчэньне Елісея (частка 3/8), Цераблічы 2015 г.

Some priests cup water from a bowl in their hand and pour it gently over the head of the baby rather than immersing him as Father Vital’ does here.

Photos of the Day for February 15, 2015

February 14, 2015 7:00 pm

Baptism of Jelisjej (part 2/8), Tsjerablichy 2015.  Хрышчэньне Елісея (частка 2/8), Цераблічы 2015 г.

Father Vital’ blows on Jelisjej and touches his forehead to symbolize the entry of the Holy Spirit.

 

Photos of the Day for February 14, 2015

February 13, 2015 7:00 pm

Baptism of Jelisjej (part 1/8), Tsjerablichy 2015.  Хрышчэньне Елісея (частка 1/8), Цераблічы 2015 г.

In Orthodox practice in Polesia it is customary to have two sets of godparents.  The child’s parents are not permitted to be present in the nave for the ceremony, but must wait outside.  Here Ivan, one of one-month-old Jelisjej’s godfathers, holds him in preparation for Father Vital’ to present the baby to the Lord.

Photo of the Day for February 13, 2015

February 12, 2015 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part CXLIV): Tsjerablichy 2015.

Awaiting the baptism of Jelisjej, the one-month-old brother of Chesa (the girl in the middle).

Беларусь у тварах (частка CXLIV):  Цераблічы 2015 г.

У чаканьні хрышчэньня Елісея, аднамесячнага браціка Чэсы (дзяўчынкі ў сярэдзіні).

Photos of the Day for February 12, 2015

February 11, 2015 7:00 pm

Interior light.  Belarusian cuisine:  celebrating Jelisjej’s baptism.  Tsjerablichy 2015.

Ivan and Ljuda Pjetrusjevich welcome Godparents, relatives and neighbors for a traditional Polesian celebration after the January 19 baptism of Jelisjej, their one-month-old fourth child (third son).

Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне.  Сьвяткаваньне пасьля хрышчэньня аднамесячнага Елісея, чацьвёртага дзіцяці (трэцяга сына) Івана й Люды Петрусевічаў.  Цераблічы 2015 г.

One of three tables.  Адзін з трох сталоў.

Photo of the Day for February 11, 2015

February 10, 2015 7:00 pm

Interior light:  morning still-life in the kitchen.  Tsjerablichy 2011.

Polesian village breakfast fare:  creamy rice in milk from the family cow (malochnaja – малочная) and tart-sweet drink made with fruit from the family orchard (kampot – кампот).

Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне:  ранішні нацюрморт у кухні.  Цераблічы 2011 г.

Photo of the Day for February 10, 2015

February 9, 2015 7:00 pm

Interior light:  freshly-made crepes (bliny – бліны).  Tsjerablichy 2010.

Every homemaker has her own recipe for bliny, whose compelling fragrance draws one irresistibly to the kitchen.  Bliny are eaten with the fingers, rolled up after slowly being slathered with butter, honey or home-made preserves (varen’ne – варэньне).

Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне:  сьвежыя палескія блінчыкі…смакатааа.  Цераблічы 2010.