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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

15 April2014. The Art of the Pisanka in Moscow… A True Holy Rus Tradition

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We’ve all heard “Ukrainian” caterwauling about  pisanki. Well, it’s not true. All the Slavs do them… Poles do them (including Hutsuls and Gorali)… Czechs and Slovaks do them… Russians, Carpatho-Russians, and Belarusians do them… Slovenes, Serbs, Bulgarians, and Croats do them, as do the Sorbs and Kaszubs (the most westernmost Slavic peoples, who live in Eastern Germany and Northwestern Poland, respectively). Not only do Slavs do them, most Northern Europeans do them… Magyars do… Romanians do… Germans do… Lithuanians do… and the patterns used are very similar, considering the distances involved. That’s not all, kids! It cuts across confessional lines… Orthodox do them… Catholics do them… Evangelical Lutherans do them.

In short, pisanki are a treasured part of Easter for MANY peoples, spread out over a large part of Europe. Ergo, for any one group to “claim” them isn’t only ridiculous, it’s downright nasty. Pisanki are all-Slavic (and more)… that’s that.

BMD

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

A Photo Essay. A Point of Unity. Orthodox and Catholic Easter in Byelorussia

Byelorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1954- ), with his extramarital son Nikolai (2004- ), lights a candle at St Nicholas Church in Petrikov (Gomel Oblast) on Easter Sunday

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Metropolitan Philaret Vakhromeyev of Minsk and Slutsk (1935- ), Exarch of all Byelorussia, serves Easter liturgy in Minsk at Holy Spirit Cathedral

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Believers at Easter liturgy at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk

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Blessing of Easter food baskets at the Nativity of the Mother of God convent in Grodno (Grodno Oblast)

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Blessing of Easter food baskets in Vitebsk (Vitebsk Oblast)

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Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz (1946- ) of Minsk and Mogilev, held the Easter Vigil in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Believers at the Easter Vigil at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Minsk

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The Easter Vigil, was held at St Xavier Roman Catholic Cathedral in Grodno (Grodno Oblast). Catholic Bishop Aleksander Kaszkiewicz (1949- ) of Grodno lights the great Easter candle.

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In Byelorussia, most of the population is Orthodox, but some 15 percent are Catholic. Everyone lives together in peace… there’s no ethnic or religious strife there. That’s as it should be… we stay on our side of the fence, you stay on yours, and the gate between is unlocked… there can be no “unity”… but there can be friendship, and decent pragmatic folk will grasp that, for it’s good, no doubt on that score. As for the airy-fairy schemes of loud-mouthed pseudo-intellectuals, I think that all good Catholics would agree with me… “send us letters of friendship only… send us no more letters on doctrine”. We’d clink a glass and drink to that… and God would smile at it all. Is it so wrong to acknowledge our DIFFERENCES? They DO exist, after all…

My thanks to Mike, the original poster of these images.

BMD

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A Photo Essay. A Point of Unity… Holy Week and Easter as Seen by Russian Eyes…

Objet d’art Easter Egg from Slovenia.

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Young man jumping over a fire on Holy Wednesday. Tiblisi (Tbilisi Region) GEORGIA

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Man playing a guitar in the ruined cathedral. Port-au-Prince (Port-au-Prince Arrondissement. West Département) HAITI

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Man praying after Easter services. Abidjan (Abidjan Département. Lagunes Region) CÔTE D’IVOIRE

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Little girl in Holy Week Procession. Málaga (Málaga Province. Autonomous Community of  Andalucía) SPAIN

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Benedict XVI Ratzinger (1927- ), the Pope of Rome, at Easter services at St Peter Basilica. VATICAN CITY (totally surrounded by ROME Italy)

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Girl running from the Douche Guys on Easter Monday. Hollókő (Nógrád County. Northern Hungary Region) HUNGARY

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Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem ISRAEL (legally Jerusalem District, de facto occupied Palestine)

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Easter Egg hunt. Burlington IA USA

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Pilgrims on Holy Friday in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem ISRAEL (legally Jerusalem District, de facto occupied Palestine)

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Ceremony of Saytopolemos on Holy Saturday evening. Agrinio (Aetolia-Acarnania Subperiphery. West Greece Periphery) GREECE

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Easter services in Coptic parish church. Cairo (Cairo Governorate) EGYPT

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Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. New York City NY USA

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Benedict XVI Ratzinger (1927- ), the Pope of Rome, giving his “Urbis et Orbi” blessing at St Peter Basilica. VATICAN CITY (completely surrounded by Rome ITALY)

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Easter amongst Old Ritualists. Poteryaevka (Altai Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF

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Holy Week Procession. Pietraperzia (Enna Province. Sicilian Autonomous Region) ITALY

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Believers in prayer on the Ethiopian side of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem ISRAEL (legally Jerusalem District, de facto occupied Palestine)

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Soldiers of the Spanish Legion hoist up the Paso on Holy Thursday. Málaga (Málaga Province. Autonomous Community of  Andalucía) SPAIN

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Blessing of animals and people on St George Day. Traunstein (Traunstein Kreis. Bavaria) GERMANY

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Porcession of Catholic monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem ISRAEL (legally Jerusalem District, de facto occupied Palestine)

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Chinese believers at Easter services at the Catholic cathedral. Beijing (Direct-Controlled City of Beijing) PRC

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Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis (1940- ) of Constantinople New Rome at Easter services at St George Church in the Phanar. Istanbul (Istanbul Province. Marmara Region) TURKEY

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Nuns at Easter services at St Dmitri Convent. Skopje (City of Greater Skopje. Skopje Region) MACEDONIA

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Easter service at Chaldean Catholic parish of the Virgin Mary. Baghdad (Baghdad Governorate) IRAQ

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Kids with candles at Easter services. Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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Woman praying on Palm Sunday in Our Lady of Fatima Church. Islamabad (Islamabad Capital Territory) PAKISTAN

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Little girl dressed as an angel on Holy Saturday. Ciudad de México (Federal District) MEXICO

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Easter Eggs. Bucharest (Municipality of  Bucharest. Bucureşti-Ilfov Region) ROMANIA

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Chaldean Catholics praying on Easter in Baghdad. (Baghdad Governorate) IRAQ

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Chinese Catholics praying on Easter. Beijing (Direct-Controlled City of Beijing) PRC

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Woman lighting a candle in St Mary Church. Raikia (Kandhmal District. Odisha State) INDIA

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Easter services in Catholic church. Xiaohan (Direct-Controlled City of Tianjin) PRC

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

RIA-Novsoti Infographic. How to Colour Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

22 April 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20110422/163648740.html

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