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« Reply #180 on: October 28, 2013, 04:45:53 PM »

Michal, really beautiful photos.


I noticed a number of "half" buried crosses.  Is that a local tradition?



Well, at least that's what I've seen in some places in Serbia - that's the same cross that it's put before coffin during burial. There is a similar situation even on the grave of my grandmother. However, behind the cross there is also a tombstone.

The contrast between the simple blue tombstones and the rather ostentatious one is quite jolting.

That was the point I was trying to achieve. Nice someone got my lame attempts Wink

I've noticed it too. That's one of the reasons I liked the pictures.
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« Reply #182 on: October 28, 2013, 09:27:19 PM »

Very nice Michal.
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« Reply #183 on: October 29, 2013, 03:35:31 AM »




Dude, you need to invest in a scythe.
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« Reply #184 on: October 29, 2013, 10:25:54 AM »


So here are a few more of mine.

Here's my backyard.



..and these are from a week's ago Sobor of the UOCofUSA

Continuing with the theme of cemeteries and crosses:





...and continuing on with the Divine Liturgy at 7:30 a.m..  His Grace Bishop Daniel is celebrating the Liturgy.

















Relocating the relics of St. Antony the Great and St. Barbara to their new home in St. Sophia's Seminary.




Awaiting Vespers that evening, at the Seminary Chapel.










....Vespers finished around 10 p.m.
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« Reply #185 on: October 29, 2013, 10:33:56 AM »


..and the final day's Sunday Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.

Both His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel are serving.











Getting vested...




























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« Reply #186 on: October 29, 2013, 10:51:49 AM »


I had the honor of witnessing the ordination of a new deacon.  I had never seen this before...and it was rather moving.

So, the deacon from the altar calls him forward three times.  Each time he prostrates and moves forward, until he reaches the altar.
(Sorry for the "fogginess" of some of these photos.  By this point, the entire place is filled with incense.)





Once inside the Altar, he is led by two priests around the Altar Table, stopping to kiss each of the 4 corners.






Once he been led around 3 times and bowed before the bishop, he is now ready for the next step.



I was moved to realize that the Gifts have at this point been miraculously changed, and he in fact, stands not just before the congregation, the priest and the bishops, but, before Christ Himself.



At this point the bishop lays his hands upon him and reads a number of prayers.


Once concluded, he now gives him a final lesson and some inspiring words.


...and now Bishop Daniel presents the new deacon to the faithful.


He vests him.


Then he presents the "tools of the trade".... as His Grace yells out Axios.  The Axios is then picked up in swirling chords by the faithful and the choir....echoing off the walls and sending chills of awe up and down one's spine.  It was really, really cool.

Axios!


Axios!


Axios!

I once read that the deacon does represent an angel, and therefore the presentation of the ripida is quite moving in its symbolism.

...and finally he presents to deacon.  Axios!


Whom, after a few words, Bishop Daniels sends in to the crowd to greet his family, as they are also a part of his new mission, and are in fact sacrificing their husband and father for the Church.


...and then he is escorted back in to the Altar to serve God.


...and the Liturgy continues with the Lord's Prayer.










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« Reply #187 on: October 29, 2013, 10:55:05 AM »


At the end of the Divine Liturgy, a new icon of St. Volodymyr and St. Olga was blessed.

















The new deacon and his baby daughter.






...and so concluded the Sobor, and began the 12 hour drive home.  Smiley  Great memories!!!!
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« Reply #188 on: October 29, 2013, 01:05:56 PM »




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They go for the natural look here.
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« Reply #189 on: October 29, 2013, 01:17:59 PM »

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With all due respect I feel uneasy with similar pictures taken.
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« Reply #190 on: October 29, 2013, 02:05:32 PM »




Plaid?
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« Reply #191 on: October 29, 2013, 02:15:27 PM »

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What is this deacon doing?

The deacon is the one who carried the Chalice out the deacon's door and down the solea to the amvon, then hands it, while kneeling, to the bishop.

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I was moved to realize that the Gifts have at this point been miraculously changed, and he in fact, stands not just before the congregation, the priest and the bishops, but, before Christ Himself.

With all due respect I feel uneasy with similar pictures taken.

Why?  Are you equally uncomfortable viewing icons of Christ?
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« Reply #192 on: October 29, 2013, 02:16:01 PM »


Yes.  Plaid.  He's very proud of his Celtic heritage.
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« Reply #193 on: October 29, 2013, 02:18:11 PM »

Nice!  I never saw plaid vestments before.
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« Reply #194 on: October 29, 2013, 02:19:25 PM »

The deacon is the one who carried the Chalice out the deacon's door and down the solea to the amvon, then hands it, while kneeling, to the bishop.

Why is he kneeling?
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Eucharist is more than icon of Christ. For me such pictures border sacrilege.
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« Reply #195 on: October 29, 2013, 02:25:07 PM »

The deacon is the one who carried the Chalice out the deacon's door and down the solea to the amvon, then hands it, while kneeling, to the bishop.

Why is he kneeling?


I am assuming he is kneeling out of respect?  I don't know.  You'd have to ask a deacon why they do that.

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Eucharist is more than icon of Christ. For me such pictures border sacrilege.

I do understand your point.  It is valid, and I had the same doubts.  I try to do all things with the utmost respect for Christ.  I have even approached a number of clergy on this very topic, and was given the green light.

I was told that as long as I do not attach any ridicule or joke to the image, it is acceptable, as Christ showed himself to the people after His resurrection, was touched, conversed with, etc.
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« Reply #196 on: October 29, 2013, 02:33:13 PM »

You'd have to ask a deacon why they do that.

Never seen a deacon doing that but on this picture.
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« Reply #197 on: October 29, 2013, 02:37:18 PM »


We don't have a deacon at our parish, so I am limited in what I know about how deacon's serve.
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« Reply #198 on: October 29, 2013, 02:56:45 PM »

You'd have to ask a deacon why they do that.

Never seen a deacon doing that but on this picture.

I've seen it plenty of times, but perhaps not every deacon is able to do it. 

I don't know if the Byzantine rubrics are similar, but at deacon ordinations in our tradition, the subdeacon to be ordained kneels on his right knee for the whole service, whereas in every other ordination candidates kneel on both knees.  As it was described to me, this is because the deacon is always ready to serve and not just to pray, and also because he has a foot in both heaven (the service of the altar) and earth (ministry among the people).  ISTM that this custom is related to ours. 
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« Reply #199 on: October 29, 2013, 02:57:25 PM »

You'd have to ask a deacon why they do that.

Never seen a deacon doing that but on this picture.

I've seen it plenty of times, but perhaps not every deacon is able to do it. 

I don't know if the Byzantine rubrics are similar, but at deacon ordinations in our tradition, the subdeacon to be ordained kneels on his right knee for the whole service, whereas in every other ordination candidates kneel on both knees.  As it was described to me, this is because the deacon is always ready to serve and not just to pray, and also because he has a foot in both heaven (the service of the altar) and earth (ministry among the people).  ISTM that this custom is related to ours. 

I mean kneeling on the great entrance, not during ordination.
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« Reply #200 on: October 29, 2013, 03:23:24 PM »

I mean kneeling on the great entrance, not during ordination.

I know.  My point is that this particular posture is unique to the diaconate, and was probably more in use "back in the day", even if it is not as common nowadays outside of ordinations.  But again, I've seen it often here unless the deacon is somehow impeded.   
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I know.  My point is that this particular posture is unique to the diaconate, and was probably more in use "back in the day", even if it is not as common nowadays outside of ordinations.  But again, I've seen it often here unless the deacon is somehow impeded.   

RCs frequently kneel on one foot, but it's not reserved for deacons.

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« Reply #202 on: October 30, 2013, 09:00:44 AM »

Is the pantocrator taking the pictures here?
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« Reply #203 on: October 30, 2013, 09:14:23 AM »


Which photo?
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« Reply #204 on: October 30, 2013, 09:19:26 AM »

In these two.  It looks like the photo is being taken from the dome.





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« Reply #205 on: October 30, 2013, 09:33:02 AM »


Ah, yes.  This church is rather tall and pointy.  Midway up, there's a choir loft around 3 of the walls.  It's from these balconies that I took the photos.  I kept running up and down and in and out and up and down and all around.

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« Reply #206 on: October 31, 2013, 06:37:22 PM »



And here is my father kissing the cross!
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« Reply #207 on: October 31, 2013, 06:41:29 PM »

Thank you for the photos, Liza. Very nice.
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« Reply #208 on: November 09, 2013, 09:35:27 AM »

Pictures taken yesterday by my father:











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« Reply #209 on: November 09, 2013, 06:46:52 PM »

Nice photos!
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« Reply #210 on: December 04, 2013, 01:34:20 PM »

Specific tradition at Czyże parish for Entrance:

















Pictures taken by my father (but the one  he appears in).
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« Reply #211 on: December 04, 2013, 02:30:48 PM »


Blessed Feast Day!!!

So, explain the tradition....

They all make their own candles?

Are they standing in some particular order?  I see the rows on either side, but, then there's a bunch of folks up front without lighted candles.

When do they light their candles?

...and finally....don't they work or go to school on this day?  You've got young and old in attendance.  That's great, but, here....they'd be dinged for missing school, and work.
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« Reply #212 on: December 04, 2013, 02:48:36 PM »

Yes, they make their own candles for Entrance. Candles used to be make at homes but know they are made jointly at the    
vicarage. There are 12 candles that are carried by women that make the core part of the custom. I suppose there are more too carried by the others. From what I see on the pictures candles are lit for the first time after they are blessed right after the Liturgy. Then they are lit at major feasts, when people die and on similar occasions.

It is normal school day. I suppose the children just skipped it, more or less officially.

pics from 2011 made by a photographer "a bit" more skilled than my father
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« Reply #213 on: December 04, 2013, 03:39:26 PM »

Hand-rolled candles!  Very nice.
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Vigil of a patronal feast. AFAIK first primatial service in Polish since WWII





















































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« Reply #215 on: December 06, 2013, 12:57:40 PM »

Oh, forgot to add, there is Dominika hiding in one picture.
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« Reply #216 on: December 06, 2013, 01:04:08 PM »

Vigil of a patronal feast. AFAIK first primatial service in Polish since WWII

Oh, forgot to add, there is Dominika hiding in one picture.

Wink Yes, I was there but as usually I manager to hide Wink

It's great that finally the metropolitan decided to visit this chapel and serve in Polish. And he was really good prepared for it, it sounded very natural (what I can't say for the rector of the metropolitan cathedral that was also the guest).

I find it as a step forward regard to the attitude of Polish Orthodox hierarchy toward whole services in Polish and such missionary chapels (the metropolitan in his sermon did indicate that it's a good opportunity for God seekers to find the true faith).

I'm saying this although personally I'm all for services in Church Slavonic in Slavonic Churches (except sermons and probably readings, that should be done in vernacular, and maybe if there are repetitions of troparions, they can be chanted even in a few languages).
And what I find interesting, is the fact that my mother didn'r enjoyed so muchthe service in Polish (she's been there first time) although she is constatly saying that she prefers to understand all things. But she said the casue can be the way of sinigng and reading. So, it does not work for all potential converts...
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« Reply #217 on: December 06, 2013, 01:05:07 PM »

Pity I was not able to attend.
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« Reply #218 on: December 06, 2013, 01:57:38 PM »


Why was Dominika hiding?

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« Reply #219 on: December 06, 2013, 02:27:11 PM »

Last Sunday, Dec. 1st, we were blessed to have our hierarchs with us as we celebrated our parish feast day.  We had to move the date to an earlier time so our hierarchs could visit.  We were blessed to have one of our altar servers ordained a sub-deacon and a gentleman in our parish was celebrating his 100th birthday.  This past summer 2 of our women, also, celebrated their 100th birthdays.

Here's a link to a write-up and photos of the visitation (click on the photos for a larger image):  http://www.uocofusa.org/news_131205_3.html
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« Reply #220 on: December 06, 2013, 03:10:28 PM »

Pity I was not able to attend.

Really. I was even a bit shocked you weren't present. But, hopefully, metropolitan Sava has started a new tradition (I mean visiting this parish at least on its patronal feast).

Why was Dominika hiding?

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To not be thought as one that claims she doesn't' support services in Polish but in reality attend them.

No, frankly speaking, I'm just trying not to be in the foreground to focus on prayer, but sometimes (well, quite often because of my emotional reactions and stupid actions) I'm not so successful Wink Only in pictures I'm usually hidden, even in these ones from my parish I appear very rarely although I attend it very often (almost every service). Maybe I'm not so photogenic laugh
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« Reply #221 on: December 06, 2013, 03:15:56 PM »

Ah, I must add Michal seems to be a good obserwant as he manager to see my head that appears once in all these pictures (and he has met my in person just a few times - four maybe?).

... a gentleman in our parish was celebrating his 100th birthday.  This past summer 2 of our women, also, celebrated their 100th birthdays.

Wow! And that's a good explanation why we as Orthodox sing "many years' (in Poland non-Orthodox sing traditional here "100 years!" so it wouldn't be adequate here Wink)

Here's a link to a write-up and photos of the visitation (click on the photos for a larger image):  http://www.uocofusa.org/news_131205_3.html

You have interesting iconostasis, a good example to the thread about unusual ones Wink And interesting frescoes, as they seem to be quite traditional, but on the other hand, quite Western-influenced.
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« Reply #222 on: December 06, 2013, 03:54:30 PM »

The iconostasis is not something I'm fond of, but its sturdy and is strong enough to support me when I rise from kneeling after the "Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Gifts" and after the "Our Father".  Fr. Roman and the people are very loving and I'm blessed to be their deacon. 
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« Reply #223 on: December 06, 2013, 11:00:50 PM »

But, hopefully, metropolitan Sava has started a new tradition (I mean visiting this parish at least on its patronal feast).

I suppose you know whose name day it collides with Wink I suppose we shall not hope for much more until he dies (many years to him BTW!).
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« Reply #224 on: December 31, 2013, 01:18:50 PM »

Specific tradition at Czyże parish for Entrance...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=506256012822371

Trailer of the film he was making.
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