Photos of the Day for October 31, 2017

October 30, 2017 7:00 pm

Patronal feast of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God (Pakrou), Pachapava 2017:  I/IV.

The October 14 feast of the Intercession (Pakrou) is not one of the 12 great feasts in the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar.  However, the feast is keenly celebrated in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia and many Orthodox churches bear the name of the Intercession.  In Belarus the feast marks the traditionally rigorously-observed end to work in garden plots or fields; Belarusians look to the Blessed Mother of God for protection of the fields during winter and a propitious start to planting the following spring.

See photos of the day for August 7, 2015 for the story of Father Georgij Sapun (1924-2015), who served as Pachapava’s priest for 60 years.  Father Georgij, despite the conspicuous lack of acknowledgement on the web site of the Orthodox achbishopric of Pinsk-Luninjets, was responsible for the restoration of Pachapava’s 1867 church of the Intercession, ruined by Soviet partisans in World War II, and its reopening in 2004.  He was also responsible for the restoration of the triangular church of the Holy Trinity in nearby Vjalikaja Svarotva.  His memory is beloved by Pachapava’s parishioners, and it was an honor to be able to attend the 40th-day panikhida (memorial service) for Father Georgij in January 2016:  see photos of the day for January 31-February 4, 2016.

The parish in Pachapava was exceptionally fortunate to have had Father Vital’ appointed as Father Georgij’s successor.  During the Pakrou service it was a great pleasure to see how warmly the parish has accepted Father Vital’ and responded to his pastoral talent.  Father Vital’ is one of the three sons of Father Aljaksandr, the outstanding priest of the parish of the Holy Trinity in Azdamichy, where I have done most of my church photography since 2006.  Father Aljaksandr traveled to Pachapava to assist his son in the all-night vigil on the 13th-14th and with the liturgy on the 14th.

Many thanks and appreciation to Father Vital’ and the parishioners of Pachapava for their welcome and their strong Christian faith.

Прастольнае сьвята Пакрова Прасьвятой Багародзіцы, Пачапава 2017 г.

Гл. фотаздымкі дня 7 жніўня 2015 г. і 31 студзеня-4 лютага пра былога, любімага прыходам сьвятара ў Пачапаве айца Георгія Сапуна (1924-2015), які аднаўляў цэрквы ў Пачапаве й Вялікай Сваротве, зруінаваныя савецкамі партызанамі.  Падчас літургіі я рады бачыў, колькі новы настаяцель айцец Віталь таксама вельмі падабаецца прыходу.

Вялікі дзякуй айцу Віталю й прыходу Пакрова Прасьвятой Багародзіцы за іх прывітаньне вандроўніка-паломніка й за іх моцную хрысьціянскую веру.

 

 

Churches of Belarus (part CCXXIV):  Orthodox church of the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God (1867; restored 2004).

Цэрквы Беларусі (частка CCXXIV):  царква Пакрова Прасьвятой Багародзіцы (1867 г.; адрэстаўрыраная 2004 г.).

 

 

 

Pachapava’s Father Vital’ with his father, Father Aljaksandr, who journeyed to Pachapava to assist in conducting the patronal feast.

Настаяцель царквы Пакрова Прасьвятой Багародзіцы айцец Віталь са сваім бацькам айцам Аляксандрам, настаяцелям царквы Сьвятой Тройцы ў Аздамічах.

 

 

Liturgy for the patronal feast of the Intercession.

Літургія для прастольнага сьвята Пакрова Прасьвятой Багародзіцы.

 

 

 

 

Children’s communion.

Дзіцячае прычасьце.

Photos of the Day for October 30, 2017

October 29, 2017 7:00 pm

Autumn along the R57 road.

Уздоўж Р57 увосень.

 

 

Buda (Zhytkavichy District) 2017.

Буда (Жыткавіцкі раён) 2017 г.

 

 

Maples in Sosny (“Pines”) 2017.

Клёны ў Соснах 2017 г.

Photo of the Day for October 29, 2017

October 28, 2017 7:00 pm

The end of the season for tomatoes from Pinsk.  Kamarouski Market, Mjensk 2017.

It is always a pleasure to talk to, and buy produce from, people who travel all the way from Pinsk region and who bring their alert humor and Polesian temperament to Mjensk.

Апошныя памідоры з Піншчыны.  Камароўка, Менск 2017 г.

 

Photo of the Day for October 28, 2017

October 27, 2017 7:00 pm

Home from berry-picking in the Pripet Marshes.  Tsjerablichy 2017.

It’s been a long, hard day:  berry-pickers travel as much as 25 miles (40 kilometers) through the marshes to the best picking areas.

Дахаты са збору журавіны на балоце.  Цераблічы 2017 г.

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Day for October 27, 2017

October 26, 2017 7:00 pm

Last grazing before winter.  Vjeljamichy 2017.

The number of privately-owned horses continues to decline slowly in Stolin District as more and more villagers switch to small-scale mechanization.

Восеньскія пашы.  Велямічы 2017 г.

 

 

Photo of the Day for October 26, 2017

October 25, 2017 7:00 pm

Chopping wood for winter, Vjeljamichy 2017.

Колка дроў-падрыхтоўка да зімы, Велямічы 2017 г.

 

 

 

Photos of the Day for October 25, 2017

October 24, 2017 7:00 pm

Last harvest days before Pakrou (feast of the Intercession of the Blessed Mother of God).  It is still a strongly-observed tradition in Belarus to clear the harvest from garden plots and field allotments before the feast of Pakrou on October 14 in order to ensure the the Mother of God’s protection of the land during winter. 

Bringing in the last of the harvest, Vjeljamichy, October 9, 2017.

Апошны збор ураджая перад Пакровамі:  Велямічы, 9 кастрычніка 2017 г.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Day for October 24, 2017

October 23, 2017 7:00 pm

Last harvest days before Pakrou (feast of the Intercession of the Blessed Mother of God).  It is still a strongly-observed tradition in Belarus to clear the harvest from garden plots and field allotments before the feast of Pakrou on October 14 in order to ensure the the Mother of God’s protection of the land during winter. 

Harvesting cabbage from the garden, Tsjerablichy, October 2017.

Апошны збор ураджая перад Пакровамі:  збор капусты ў Цераблічах 2017.

 

 

 

Photos of the Day for October 23, 2017

October 22, 2017 7:00 pm

Autumn in Polesia:  harvest-time in Tsjerablichy 2017.

Палесьсе ўвосень:  ураджай у Цераблічах 2017 г.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Day for October 22, 2017

October 21, 2017 7:00 pm

Polesia in autumn:  crabapples in Tsjerablichy 2017.

Палесьсе ўвосень:  Цераблічы 2017 г.