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« on: April 11, 2012, 03:49:39 PM »
I would like to see more photos please. Thanks.

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Re: Photos
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 04:07:14 PM »


That's His Grace, Bishop Daniel - Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of USA!
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 04:08:27 PM »
I was hoping for some in the photos section, but that seems like it's been dead for several years, so photos in this thread will certainly do :)

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 04:10:58 PM »


My church - UOCofUSA
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Holy Transfiguration - OCA
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 04:13:18 PM »
LOL!  Should I stop?



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Re: Photos
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 04:16:06 PM »


My church - Reading of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

OK....I am stepping away from the keyboard now....because I could keep going and going and going...
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 09:57:53 PM »



OK....I am stepping away from the keyboard now....because I could keep going and going and going...

I wish you would . . . keep going and going, that is.
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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Re: Photos
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012, 10:16:54 PM »
Careful what you ask for....



My church - Christmas



My church - Pokrova Feast Day (Bishop Daniel's mitre)



My church picnic - Holy Transfiguration Feast Day - blessing of fruits, flowers, honey, etc.
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Re: Photos
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 10:23:51 PM »
Then there's.....



St. Mary Basilica - Antiochian



UOCofUSA - at the cemetery



St. Michael - Russian Orthodox



St. Michael - Russian Orthodox



St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox

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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2012, 10:30:11 PM »
Okay, I'm moving.  :)
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2012, 10:41:28 PM »

Wait!  There's more!



Greek Orthodox - Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Metropolitan Nicholas



St. John the Baptist - Greek Orthodox



St. Mary - Antiochian



St. Mary - Antiochian

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Re: Photos
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2012, 10:44:13 PM »

...and I can't leave out the Serbs!

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Re: Photos
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2012, 11:01:09 PM »

I have to show you my UOCofUSA Consistory in South Bound Brook, NJ









Bishop Daniel

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His Grace Bishop Daniel at the grave of Archbishop Vsevolod



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Re: Photos
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2012, 11:01:42 PM »
...and I will leave you with...

SOLITUDE



RETRIBUTION



TRINITY (Get it?  You see rays from Heaven, the Cross and the dove.  Took this at my church watching the kids play outside during VBS.)



 ...and finally...

IN TO THE LIGHT



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Re: Photos
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 12:05:11 AM »

IN TO THE LIGHT



All of the photos are wonderful Liza. I especially love this one.

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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 12:56:54 AM »
I was hoping for some in the photos section, but that seems like it's been dead for several years, so photos in this thread will certainly do :)

If you have any to share, I'm sure someone will find the time to post them.

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Re: Photos
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2012, 05:18:25 AM »
Let's just devote this entire thread purely to Liza's photos. Breathtaking! Please, please, publish these in a book! Your photos alone can bring many people to Orthodoxy. So powerful. Thank you Liza!


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« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2012, 05:24:11 AM »
These photos are amazing. Keep them coming!
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Re: Photos
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2012, 05:41:25 AM »
Liza, what kind of camera do you have?  :)
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« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2012, 07:15:52 AM »
Liza,

WOW.  You have a God-given gift.  These photographs are like Poetry.

Please, please, please, contact an Orthodox publisher and get them published in a book or something. 

Often I go to the Religion section in Barnes and Noble and there is basically nothing on Orthodoxy.  (Why is that????)  Your pictures speak volumes about Orthodoxy, the quiet peacefulness, the love of God, the contemplation of God's wisdom, the seeking nature of our souls, the joy.......  You should publish a book on the Orthodox experience in America, with all of your pictures of various settings to show more than what mere words can express.

Again, WOW.

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« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2012, 07:41:05 AM »

Thanks, everyone!

Your words absolutely humble me!!!

Here's a few more for today.

St. Peter &  Paul Romanian Orthodox











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« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2012, 07:43:42 AM »

...a few candle shots.  I LOVE candles!

By the way, most of these are from Vespers services, that's why it's often rather "dark".











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« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2012, 07:45:11 AM »

...last one for this morning.

Once again, my church....



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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2012, 02:43:31 PM »
Liza these are absolutely magnificent!!!!!  Thank you so much!  Keep posting! 
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« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2012, 04:06:35 PM »
Wow!! I really need to visit that church.

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« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2012, 07:21:44 PM »
Liza those are all very pretty photos that you have taken  :)

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« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2012, 10:55:47 PM »
The Saints came to town a few times....



Relics of St. Nektarios





St. Barnabas





St. Mary Magdalene



St. George





St. Marina

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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2012, 03:27:39 PM »

Holy Friday - my church













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« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2012, 03:32:34 PM »

Pascha - my church







My sister and nieces!  :-)
















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« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2012, 09:02:50 PM »
Liza, if you're not working for the Associated Press already, you should be. Excellent!   :-*
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« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2012, 09:51:13 PM »
I've been waiting impatiently all day for my church to upload pictures from last night (I was a banner-carrier!). Nothing yet :(.
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« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2012, 12:07:22 AM »
My wife and daughter on Pascha morning:











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« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2012, 11:08:28 AM »

Beautiful girls!
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« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2012, 07:57:24 PM »

St. Sabbas Monastery
 
Otetz Andrei with my mom
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
They have a restaurant open to the public on Thursdays (after Vespers)
 

 

 
..and beautiful gardens...
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2012, 05:20:04 AM »
From Romania, Prahova County:































































































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« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2012, 01:50:53 PM »
Very beautiful photos, IoanC.   :angel:
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« Reply #39 on: April 20, 2012, 02:41:58 PM »

I agree.  Very nice.

Whose relics are those?
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« Reply #40 on: April 20, 2012, 07:09:31 PM »
It says "the holy martyr Paraschevi".

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« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2012, 08:05:06 PM »


Holy Transfiguration - OCA

These are all incredible, but for some reason I really love this one...
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« Reply #42 on: April 20, 2012, 08:55:20 PM »
Then there's.....



St. Mary Basilica - Antiochian


I've never seen an Orthodox Church referred to as a 'basilica' before (only RC ones). What does that entail?
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« Reply #43 on: April 20, 2012, 10:10:37 PM »

I don't honestly know.  It's the first Orthodox "basilica" I have come across, as well.

http://saintmarylivonia.com/home/#

This particular priest and parish are very "modern" minded, and wish to "fit in".  Perhaps they simply adopted the term to better "fit in to" the surrounding community.

I've wondered this myself, and the next time I see Fr. George I will make a point of asking him.
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« Reply #44 on: April 20, 2012, 10:17:50 PM »

I don't honestly know.  It's the first Orthodox "basilica" I have come across, as well.

http://saintmarylivonia.com/home/#

This particular priest and parish are very "modern" minded, and wish to "fit in".  Perhaps they simply adopted the term to better "fit in to" the surrounding community.

Yes, that's a bit clear especially when you look at the FAQ page on their website under "Our Beliefs." No disrespect intended, as I don't think it's a huge deal.
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« Reply #45 on: April 20, 2012, 10:24:39 PM »
I feel like a little kid at a fireworks show every other picture I want to say "ooh" and on opposite ones "ah".  You all are amazing photographic artists with spectacular subject matter.
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« Reply #46 on: April 20, 2012, 10:54:06 PM »

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« Reply #48 on: April 20, 2012, 11:15:58 PM »
In honor of Proveedna Nedilya (St. Thomas Sunday), when we visit and pray at our family grave-sites...

My nieces and nephews cleaned everyone's graves...even the people we don't know....the girls planted flowers.



Lily discovered a hidden grave...that for years everyone assumed was just a big bush.

From this...



To this...

















My uncle's grave and my future resting place...  :)





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« Reply #49 on: April 20, 2012, 11:34:40 PM »
Thomas Sunday is lots of fun. They color eggs again bring them to the graves along with sweet bread and what not. The Gypsies used to pick up all the eggs left on the graves that day. Reminiscences .

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« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2012, 11:40:23 PM »

I've heard that the homeless come and take the food.  It's kind of like a gift to the needy from those who have passed away.

We color eggs, and actually "roll" them on the grave.

One person on one side yells "Christos Voskrect" and rolls the egg.  Another on the other side grabs it and then throws it back yelling "Voistinu Voskrec!"

This is done top, down, then right to left...making the sign of the Cross over the grave.



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« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2012, 11:58:21 PM »
What kind of camera do you use?
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Most were shot with a Cannon PowerShot, but, I finally broke down and purchased a Nikon D5100 digital SLR, just in time to take photos during Great Lent!
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Most were shot with a Cannon PowerShot, but, I finally broke down and purchased a Nikon D5100 digital SLR, just in time to take photos during Great Lent!

Nice. they look really good!
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« Reply #54 on: April 21, 2012, 01:19:21 AM »
Thank you! And very beautiful pictures to all of you!
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I've never seen an Orthodox Church referred to as a 'basilica' before (only RC ones). What does that entail?

That there are some Romanians?

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Today's photos of the blessing of the graves, during St. Thomas Sunday (although this was the Saturday version).  Usually there are way more people in attendance but, it poured rain all night, and while the rain stopped, the gusty winds were blowing hard and the temps barely got in to the 40's....so, participation was scarce.  However, hopefully, tomorrow more will come.  :)













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« Reply #57 on: April 21, 2012, 10:57:31 PM »

Today's photos of the blessing of the graves, during St. Thomas Sunday (although this was the Saturday version).  Usually there are way more people in attendance but, it poured rain all night, and while the rain stopped, the gusty winds were blowing hard and the temps barely got in to the 40's....so, participation was scarce.  However, hopefully, tomorrow more will come.  :)

These wonderful photos brought tears to to my eyes Liza. They are especially meaningful to me. Thank you!

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:(  I'm sorry, Opus.   
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« Reply #59 on: April 22, 2012, 11:32:33 PM »

Here are some more from today (St. Thomas Sunday).

































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The Light



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 Again, these are just amazing.  :)
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« Reply #62 on: April 24, 2012, 02:42:58 PM »

This year we had two children giving their First Confession on Palm Sunday.  I had the great honor of preparing them.  I told them that after they Confessed to step to the side and say their prayers - thanking God and asking for His forgiveness.  I told them they could even stand on the Solea to say their prayers.

...and here is the result.

We have the faithful and strong Disciple, and the humble and faithful Myrrhbearer.



How sweet are they!?!?

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How sweet are they!?!?



Enough to bring tears to the eyes of the curmudgeon Punch.
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Again, these are just amazing.  :)

Indeed. National Geographic doesn't know what it's missing.
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Once again, my church.  This was Vespers (Sunday of the Holy Cross)



I think perhaps I may have made the "wreath" of flowers overly full...

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I take a week's vacation in the summer and teach Vacation Bible School. 
The theme for this one was "Light of the World"....and all the activities and studies revolved around Light - from Proverbs...don't hide your light under a bushel....etc.



The kids


In class...


Study time outside...


One must have games...


Surfing on the land...


...getting eaten by a shark...


Checking out if Lifesavors Wintergreen candies really do SPARk when bitten (on the them of Light).  There's a long mirror in front of the kids and when I shut of the lights it was pitch black...and yes, they do spark.  It was really cool.


..time in the kitchen is always a hit.  This time we made LIGHT and fluffy cupcakes!


Continuing on the theme of LIGHT, they decorated these votives (glasses) and then we melted wax and poured them.






The kids wrote and performed skits on the last day, around the theme of "Letting their Light Shine"...where they made bad examples and then contrasted with what would have been the right thing to do, to let their light shine forth.




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Photos from today - Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. - South Bound Brook, New Jersey!






















....I'm in this one, as is FrHLL!  :)
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My new tenant....Under my porch roof I hung a "decorative" little bird house with a windchime underneath.  It was meant to be a decoration only.  It's tiny!  ....but, these little munchkins decided to raise a family in it.  Go figure!   ....and they sing up a storm!  Never heard birds sing so pretty!!!  What beauty God has provided us!!!!













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So cute!
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  :angel: Beautiful, and I don't even like birds.  :laugh:
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:( Why don't you like birds?
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When I was a small child growing up on the farm we had lots of bird nests in the barns. When I would go into the barns the birds would go out, generally through the best opening for them to do so, the one I had just came in.  :o  Must have frightened me something awful.  >:( To this day if a bird comes too close to my head I about hit the deck.  :-[ I know now that they wanted less contact with me than I with them, except maybe some swallows, but it's been terribly hard for me to shake it. Now, larger birds I'm okay with (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys - yum), it's the little ones that cause me trouble. Oh, well. I still think they're pretty though, as long as they keep their distance.
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« Reply #75 on: June 25, 2012, 03:21:44 PM »

My local Romanian Cathedral (St. George) was celebrating their 100th anniversary about a month ago.  After the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by His Grace Irineu, they had an exhibit of various sacred objects used over the years.  As always, I decided to take some photos.  I couldn't really understand a word, but, the pastor of the church knows me and when I stood to take a group photo of everyone, he told the bishop who I was.....to which I got a reply for him "Ahhhh.....chemna Ukrayinka!"  (Good Ukrainian)  Enjoy!





































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Your photos are wonderful, Liza! I hope you will some day get to take photos in Ukraine (and Romania).

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Your photos are wonderful, Liza! I hope you will some day get to take photos in Ukraine (and Romania).

Indeed. Liza's photos are always spectacular!


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From last week's 3 day VBS class:





Taking my lecture on candle symbolism to the extreme.  Among the various representation - light, sacrifice, etc...the kids loved the fact that the wax is flexible to remind us to be flexible to bend to the Will of God.  :)



The theme was:  The Lord is my ROCK, my FORTRESS, and my SALVATION.  Therefore, I had them to "rock" related crafts....here they create pavers out of concrete.  (I had no idea a bag of concrete weighed 80 lbs!  Where are the men, when I need them?)



For the FORTRESS...I had them build permanent sand castles/fortress, they could take home.  Cook sand with cornstarch.



Ice cream is always a hit!!!  Each year I order the truck that hires veterans...so, not only are the kids happy, the vets get a bit of help.



Guest speaker:



Learning a new version of the Lord's Prayer (different melody)



Growing rocks (crystals)



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« Reply #79 on: August 16, 2012, 10:26:06 AM »
Dear Liza,

I loved the votives, etc.  In fact I'm going to suggest this for our summer camp next year.

If I wasn't forbidden to eat sugar I'd be hiding in the bathroom now with lifesavers!

You've been given the gift of an artistic eye, may you be blessed to keep using it to glorify God!

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« Reply #80 on: August 16, 2012, 10:34:50 AM »

LOL!

You don't have to "eat" them....just bite and spit out.

I was doubtful that they would actually spark....but, boy did they!

The "votives" were just little glasses I bought at the dollar store...and we made them into votives.  The wax we used were the melted down remains of old beeswax candles....I just had to buy the wicks.  Make sure that you glue the wicks to the bottom of the glass before you pour the hot wax, otherwise, they float off to the side, and the candle won't burn.

We colored the votives with Sharpies (permanent markers), as I found real glass paint to be cost prohibitive.....and the one we tried, the color was too light, and the whole thing was too messy for little hands.  Just use the permanent markers and then spray a sealant over top....but, don't light until the sealant has completely dried!

Just some lessons ....learned the hard way.


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« Reply #81 on: August 16, 2012, 10:37:46 AM »
Thanks for the detailed tips, I love them & will practice myself first

I think the tempation to eat the whole packet would be more than I could bear...but maybe I can find someone else to chomp while I watch.  I bet I could find plenty of volunteers  :)

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« Reply #82 on: August 20, 2012, 12:22:22 PM »
Every year around the Feast day of the Transfiguration of our Lord, our church holds their annual picnic.  
Here are some pics from this Sunday, which fell exactly on the Feast Day.

Baskets of fruit awaiting to get blessed.





A Typikon is served under the trees.



The blessing of the fruit, flowers and honey.









My blessed basket.



The kids of the Youth League sold ice cream and lemonade after lunch.



Pinata time!  I stuffed it with chocolates, bracelets, rubber animals, and noise makers.





It's a cheap way to entertain them!



Then I had them do a scavenger hunt - look for pine cone, leaves, something that begins with a D, feather, etc.



It wasn't all hectic....there were moments of complete and awesome peace.



...and out of the deep comes.....



He kept stealing the fish we were catching.  The moment one got caught, he would zoom in and snap it off the hook.



She was finally able to pull out a fish that she could keep!  Notice the disgruntled turtle in the water behind her.



...and then his girl friend showed up and he was happy again.



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« Reply #83 on: August 26, 2012, 07:22:05 PM »

I've never seen an Orthodox Church referred to as a 'basilica' before (only RC ones). What does that entail?
It's the name of the building type. Quite common in the EO.
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« Reply #84 on: September 11, 2012, 01:30:09 AM »
I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!

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« Reply #85 on: September 11, 2012, 10:55:32 PM »
I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
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I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
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« Reply #87 on: September 21, 2012, 03:15:40 PM »

I'm so glad you liked my photos!   :D
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« Reply #88 on: September 28, 2012, 10:54:51 AM »

Yesterday - Exaltation of the Holy Cross











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« Reply #89 on: September 28, 2012, 10:59:13 AM »

....after Divine Liturgy, I took my mom to the orchard.

















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« Reply #90 on: October 07, 2012, 08:07:47 AM »
Photos from the Extraordinary Sobor, electing a new Metropolitan for the UOCofUSA.

Many Years to His Eminence Metropolitan Elect Antony!!!  Axios!!!

Flying over Canada:


It's New York!


The new building in place of the Twin Towers is going up...


Lady Liberty from a distance:


South Bound Brook at last!
















































The Sobor began with a slide show on Metropolitan Constantine's early life, hierarchical years, and funeral.  Many tears flowed remembering our beloved hierarch.  Memory Eternal!


Memory Eternal!


His Eminence "Archbishop" Antony.


His Grace Bishop Daniel


Entry of the Chalice while everyone sang the Tropar of Pentecost, calling down the Holy Spirit - very moving moment.....


His Grace casting the first vote.






The votes...  It was truly humbling how this process works.


The Chalice and votes are removed for counting.


Reading of the results of the voting.


Newly elected, His Eminence, Metropolitan Elect Antony.


Moleben for our new Metropolitan!






Axios!  Axios!  Axios!!!!

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« Reply #91 on: January 23, 2013, 03:45:22 PM »

I thought I would share a few pics from the Nativity of our Lord - January 6 - 7, 2013













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« Reply #92 on: January 23, 2013, 03:47:16 PM »

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« Reply #93 on: January 23, 2013, 03:50:00 PM »
It may be considered trolling, but why Ukrainians must add some rural element into everything? In every picture LizaSymonenko posts priests' vestments are decorated with flowers / ears of wheat / grapes. Most Ukrainian bands mix their genres (the only ones I know they  do not do it sing in Russian). Why is that?

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« Reply #94 on: January 23, 2013, 03:55:40 PM »

I can speak to the wheat, grapes, flowers.....Ukrainian is a rural nation by large.  The country is known as the Bread Basket of Europe.  It has steppes and fields and is very agricultural. 

The people are also very spiritual....the wheat, grapes and flowers, not only reflect the "nature" of the land given to the people by God, but, all have religious symbolism, as well - Christ is the staff of life (wheat), Grapes - the vineyard of the Lord, and flowers....well, they just are pure joy.

When I visited Ukraine....even the poorest homes, were brimming with flowers.  It was August and every yard was a riot of color - marigolds prevail, followed by phlox, roses, etc.   ...and of course the sunflower.  :)

As for the bands....I have no idea.  Not a big fan of any contemporary bands - Ukrainian or otherwise, so, I can't comment on that.
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« Reply #95 on: January 23, 2013, 03:58:09 PM »

Theophany

















...blessed the school....and off to bless our homes...
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« Reply #96 on: January 24, 2013, 02:47:57 PM »

Theophany

















...blessed the school....and off to bless our homes...



Beautiful, as always.



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« Reply #97 on: January 24, 2013, 02:57:56 PM »

Thanks, Gebre!
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« Reply #98 on: January 24, 2013, 06:51:58 PM »
Any update on getting these into the "PHOTOS" section linked to at the top-right?

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« Reply #99 on: January 24, 2013, 10:47:11 PM »
Agreed, Liza you are such a great photographer.
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Any update on getting these into the "PHOTOS" section linked to at the top-right?

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« Reply #101 on: January 31, 2013, 10:10:42 AM »
Liza, you may have answered this before, but where is your parish located??

Its so stinking tall and cool looking!
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« Reply #102 on: January 31, 2013, 11:39:09 AM »

LOL!

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« Reply #103 on: January 31, 2013, 12:00:06 PM »

http://protectress.org/Welcome.html

My photos (of parish life) are all over that website!  :)   

(There is a "photos" tab at the top that will lead to photo albums)

Enjoy!
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« Reply #104 on: January 31, 2013, 12:07:05 PM »
Incredible photos. Looking at those picture...I am lost for words. Wow..is the best thing I can do at the moment.
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« Reply #105 on: January 31, 2013, 12:09:26 PM »

LOL!  THANKS!!!!

....however, I can't take all the credit.  When you've got an awesome subject matter, it's hard to take a bad photo.
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« Reply #106 on: January 31, 2013, 03:57:52 PM »
"Фото: Єлисавета Симоненко" = you. Right?

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« Reply #107 on: January 31, 2013, 03:58:53 PM »

LOL!  Yup, that's me.   :laugh:
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« Reply #108 on: March 25, 2013, 11:36:25 PM »

Okay...it's Great Lent....a time of new photos!

Here are some from the first week of Great Lent.  Pan-Orthodox Vespers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas was present.  This was also the Eve of the Annunciation (New Calendar) and therefore, the Eve of their Patronal Feast Day.  Therefore, this was a Great Vespers....that ran well over 2 hours!

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« Reply #109 on: March 25, 2013, 11:59:27 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous, but how many clergy do you have in your church? I'm assuming that not all the depicted clergy are there every Sunday or are they?
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« Reply #110 on: March 26, 2013, 12:04:18 AM »

That's not my parish.  It's the Greek Cathedral in Detroit.  This was a conglomeration of all the Orthodox in the area.  Different nations, different languages, different colors, all coming together.
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Ah, that makes sense.  I assume your parish is represented though?
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Yeah!  By me!  There were only 2 people from my parish.  Our priest was not able to attend.
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Well then you were there to our benfit. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #114 on: March 26, 2013, 12:16:24 AM »

Wow.  Thanks for saying that.  :)
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Here's a couple more.  I should have taken a third at the end...to see the complete reformation from day to night.





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« Reply #116 on: March 26, 2013, 09:32:12 AM »

Here's a couple more.  I should have taken a third at the end...to see the complete reformation from day to night.


Did someone say Reformation? 
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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« Reply #117 on: March 26, 2013, 10:04:28 AM »

Ha ha!!!   ;D
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« Reply #119 on: April 01, 2013, 12:31:01 PM »
Waiting for Liza to publish a book. :)
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« Reply #120 on: April 02, 2013, 10:40:55 AM »
Waiting for Liza to publish a book. :)

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« Reply #121 on: April 02, 2013, 10:43:50 AM »

Wow!  Nice!

However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.
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« Reply #122 on: April 02, 2013, 10:56:37 AM »

Wow!  Nice!

However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.

Liza, humility is usually a desirable virtue - but not in this case! Your photographs carry a very personal and heart-felt imprint. At the very least, you would learn more about the craft through your participation in this competition.

I'm sure plenty of us on the forum would be willing to help with submission suggestions.

(edit to add: notice I've given my 2000th post to this cause - I think it ought to be a go!)
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« Reply #123 on: April 02, 2013, 11:03:00 AM »

LOL!  Well...since you put it that way, and have used your 2000th post on this, I'll have to give it some serious thought.



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« Reply #124 on: April 02, 2013, 02:20:41 PM »
Wow!  Nice!
However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.

I would have to respectfully disagree.  I have had a lifelong interest in photography, so I have at least a passing idea of what a good photograph looks like.  This includes photographing weddings and developing photos professionally (not my proudest moment).  Your photos are excellent.  I have seldom seen such life and love come out of a two dimentional image.  In fact, even given the limitations of this board and Facebook, your photos still look better than most magazines.
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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« Reply #125 on: April 02, 2013, 02:44:12 PM »
Wow!  Nice!
However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.

I would have to respectfully disagree.  I have had a lifelong interest in photography, so I have at least a passing idea of what a good photograph looks like.  This includes photographing weddings and developing photos professionally (not my proudest moment).  Your photos are excellent.  I have seldom seen such life and love come out of a two dimentional image.  In fact, even given the limitations of this board and Facebook, your photos still look better than most magazines.

Yes, this is so true.   You could be the Annie Liebovitz of Orthodoxy!
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« Reply #126 on: April 02, 2013, 03:58:34 PM »
However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.

I personally know the organiser of this contest  ::)

I could try arranging something.

Not, that you beat most of them with your skill...

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« Reply #127 on: April 02, 2013, 04:28:49 PM »

Awww!  You guys truly and honestly humble me.

To me, these photos are simply an attempt to capture and share the beauty that I witness when I am in Church.  I find Orthodoxy to be such a treasure.

How about this?  I have a number of photos, about 3,000 (turns red from embarrassment) that are organized in some 100 albums on Facebook.  Those of you have access to FB, I would appreciate it you would take a quick look, and let me know which ones you think should be submitted.  I have them labeled - so for this contest it would have to be Lent or Pascha.  I don't think I have anything for Assumption or Pentecost.  I think I have three years worth of Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers, as well as Pascha.  You can find me on FB by searching for esymonenko. 

Otherwise, peruse the ones I have linked to on this page, and let me know which ones you think are the best.

Since this is "your" idea, I say we enter this contest as a team!  :D 

We will either win together, or lose together.

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« Reply #128 on: April 02, 2013, 04:34:51 PM »
Since this is "your" idea, I say we enter this contest as a team!  :D 

We will either win together, or lose together.

Not sure if it's possible. However I advice you to create an account on OrthPhoto.net (I cut all my ties with its owners last years so I hope it won't be viewed as advertising).

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« Reply #129 on: April 02, 2013, 04:38:47 PM »

I understand....I already have an account with them (if I can remember my password).

I meant that I would enter the contest....but, I would be entering "for all of us".

...so, if I were to collect the prize, I would stand at the virtual podium and thank the kind members and posters at OCnet to whom I owe this great honor!  ;)
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« Reply #130 on: April 02, 2013, 04:45:09 PM »
I already have an account with them (if I can remember my password).

What is your username?

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« Reply #131 on: April 02, 2013, 04:53:31 PM »
Lovely photos Liza!
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« Reply #132 on: April 02, 2013, 05:08:17 PM »
I already have an account with them (if I can remember my password).

What is your username?

I think it's just LizaSymonenko.  :)
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« Reply #134 on: April 02, 2013, 05:12:46 PM »

Wow!  I hadn't realized I posted ANYthing there!  :)  I just feel underqualified. 

ok...so, let's try and figure out my password now!  :D
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« Reply #135 on: April 02, 2013, 06:58:10 PM »
Sounds like a plan.  Be expecting a friend request.
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« Reply #136 on: April 08, 2013, 12:09:36 PM »

Here are some photos from Saturday's Vespers (Sunday of the Holy Cross) - my church.  (I got to decorate the Cross! - how honored am I?)

Flowers done, and waiting for Fr. Paul to take in to the Altar


Lying on the Altar Talbe






Lying to the right, is an icon I just bought and had Fr. Paul bless for me. 

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« Reply #137 on: April 08, 2013, 01:49:54 PM »

3rd Sunday of Great Lent 2013 - Sunday of the Cross.  Pan-Orthodox Vespers - Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  Present was His Eminence Archbishop Nicholas.

































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« Reply #138 on: April 08, 2013, 02:11:05 PM »
Wow. Unbelievably beautiful. Almost made my eyes pop out.

Seriously, Liza, do you work for the AP or National Geographic? If you don't, they are missing out.
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« Reply #139 on: April 08, 2013, 02:13:29 PM »

LOL!  Thanks, biro!  Definitely not a professional photographer.  Just a hobby of mine.

The church was soooooo pretty, it was hard to walk out of it.  I just wanted to linger there for hours.

...as it was, I closed it down!  :D  The candles were put out, then the lights went off....and I was still lurking.  By the time I joined everyone in the hall....there was no more coffee left.   ;D
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« Reply #140 on: April 08, 2013, 08:51:07 PM »
Beautiful pictures. Wow...I am amazed by that church and it`s beauty.
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« Reply #141 on: April 10, 2013, 03:26:17 PM »
Visitation by our metropolitan on the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent.  Our altar server, Kenneth Kulmatycki, was ordained as a subdeacon before the Divine Liturgy.
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« Reply #142 on: April 22, 2013, 01:15:46 PM »

Hey!  I know some of those people!!!  Metropolitan looks great!  Is that Father Anthony in the back?  If that's him, his beard is getting rather long!
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« Reply #143 on: April 22, 2013, 02:04:49 PM »

I missed the 4th week of Pan-Orthodox Vespers because I had been terribly sick, however, here's Week 5.

This is Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit.

















































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« Reply #144 on: April 22, 2013, 03:34:28 PM »

Hey!  I know some of those people!!!  Metropolitan looks great!  Is that Father Anthony in the back?  If that's him, his beard is getting rather long!

Yes, that's Father Anthony.  Here was here for our Lenten mission, this past Saturday.  I love serving with Father.

The interior painting and fixing of the dome was completed this past week and the church looks just wonderful.  When I get a chance I'll post photos of the work that was done, along with what the interior looked like before.
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« Reply #145 on: April 22, 2013, 03:46:07 PM »

Oh!  Wonderful news!!!
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« Reply #146 on: April 23, 2013, 02:35:45 AM »

I missed the 4th week of Pan-Orthodox Vespers because I had been terribly sick, however, here's Week 5.

This is Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit.



















































BEAUTIFUL as always! I like the black and whites. A new touch. Please do some more black and whites from time to time if you can.


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« Reply #147 on: April 23, 2013, 01:33:37 PM »

I don't know if I've posted them before...but, here's a few B/W.









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« Reply #148 on: May 18, 2013, 10:28:54 AM »
my pictures are nothing compared to Liza's, but i thought id share this one anyways. Taken this morning after liturgy, with an iphone. Thought it looked cool.
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« Reply #149 on: May 18, 2013, 10:37:53 AM »

It's lovely!!!
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« Reply #150 on: May 18, 2013, 11:00:26 AM »
my pictures are nothing compared to Liza's, but i thought id share this one anyways. Taken this morning after liturgy, with an iphone. Thought it looked cool.

It does.
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Thanks! :)
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« Reply #152 on: May 24, 2013, 12:33:39 PM »

Palm Sunday at my parish.





It was also the Sunday for our First Confession children.



He's up on his tippy toes...



The kids got to hold candles during the reading of the Gospel.



Blessing the pussy willows.











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« Reply #153 on: May 24, 2013, 12:37:05 PM »

Holy Thursday - Reading of the 12 Gospels.







We bring home the flame and mark the Cross over our doors....there's years of crosses up there.  :)



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« Reply #154 on: May 24, 2013, 12:42:13 PM »

Holy and Great Friday, at my parish.























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« Reply #155 on: May 24, 2013, 12:51:24 PM »
Holy Saturday.  We bless baskets after Divine Liturgy.  It is supposed to be for the elderly and those with young families, who will not be able to attend in the evening and in to early Sunday morning.  They are forbidden from eating from the baskets until after Midnight, and Christ is Risen.

I once again, gave the kids candles to hold during the reading of the Gospel.







The homemade butter lamb caught my eye....I didn't even notice the rings, until I was looking at the photos...do you see them?












Discussing world peace....note, even their legs are posed the same.


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« Reply #156 on: May 24, 2013, 12:52:33 PM »
Again, every photo is beautiful. Especially the kids.  :D
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Pascha!!!!







These are my goddaughters!!!!  I'm so proud of them!!!  My godsons are altar servers.  I am proud of them, as well!!!














































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« Reply #158 on: May 24, 2013, 01:01:27 PM »
Again, every photo is beautiful. Especially the kids.  :D

Thanks, biro!  :D
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« Reply #159 on: May 24, 2013, 02:29:20 PM »

Here's a few from St. Thomas Sunday.





















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Kinda disappointed I have not received any feedback.

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« Reply #162 on: October 28, 2013, 06:13:53 AM »
Kinda disappointed I have not received any feedback.

Just saw them. Very nice! Did you take all these photos? Where were they taken? I enjoyed them very much.


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« Reply #164 on: October 28, 2013, 09:54:02 AM »
Photos taken by me today. Some crosses.

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You only posted it yesterday.  Folks weren't online on Sunday.  Give them some time.  :D

I thought the photos were very nice.  I was able to view them.

So, did you take these photos this weekend?  If so, was there some particular event that everyone was out at the cemeteries?

I know we have St. Demetrios next Saturday, perhaps you are on new calendar?
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Did you take all these photos?

I did.

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Where were they taken?

In my father's home church and cemetery (can the be something called "home cemetery")?

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Sad. I set it for "friends of my friends" to watch.

So, did you take these photos this weekend?  If so, was there some particular event that everyone was out at the cemeteries?

I know we have St. Demetrios next Saturday,

The parish has like 5 cemeteries. It would be impossible to serve all of them on one weekend[/quote]

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Do they look like New Calendar? :)

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« Reply #167 on: October 28, 2013, 11:00:53 AM »

Do they look like New Calendar? :)
They don't.  :)  But, I never know anymore.

Romanians don't look "new calendar", but, I was sadly surprised to learn they are.
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(I have no idea why the brown one is backwards)








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

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« Reply #171 on: October 28, 2013, 11:13:36 AM »

and this one has a similar "buried" cross.



...and some of these look to be really old.
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and this one has a similar "buried" cross.

These are probably remnants of broken or rotten crosses.

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Cemetery dates back to XVth century. Of course there is nothing such old left but one can assume some pieces may come from the XVIII one.

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« Reply #174 on: October 28, 2013, 11:36:22 AM »

One hand has a Cross, the other has the holy water sprinkler thingy.
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the other has the holy water sprinkler thingy.

Looked like a magic wand or cigar tube.

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« Reply #176 on: October 28, 2013, 11:43:27 AM »

...it's better than magic!  :)

It's his portable version.  Otherwise, he's got a little broom-like sprinkler made of shaved wood, that he dips and douses with.
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I especially like this one. The contrast between the simple blue tombstones and the rather ostentatious one is quite jolting.

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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 ;)
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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 ;)

I've noticed it too. That's one of the reasons I liked the pictures.
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Very nice Michal.
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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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..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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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.






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What is this deacon doing?

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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.
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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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Nice!  I never saw plaid vestments before.
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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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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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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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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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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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« Reply #201 on: October 29, 2013, 03:38:58 PM »
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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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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Nice photos!
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Specific tradition at Czyże parish for Entrance:

















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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.

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Hand-rolled candles!  Very nice.
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Oh, forgot to add, there is Dominika hiding in one picture.

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

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

;) Yes, I was there but as usually I manager to hide ;)

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).
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Pity I was not able to attend.

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Why was Dominika hiding?

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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.

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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 ;) 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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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 ;))

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You have interesting iconostasis, a good example to the thread about unusual ones ;) 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 ;) I suppose we shall not hope for much more until he dies (many years to him BTW!).
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Specific tradition at Czyże parish for Entrance...

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« Reply #226 on: April 29, 2014, 09:05:58 PM »

I took this photo on St. Thomas Sunday.

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Pascha Photos:

Holy Saturday.  Yes....we bless baskets on Saturday.  It began as a custom only for the elderly and those with very young children, who simply cannot attend services until 4 a.m. to have their baskets blessed.  However, they are forbidden from eating from them until after midnight.  :)





Note the kid in the back....I was sure he would pull down the entire plashchanitsia (shroud)....  Oy.




















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We were pleasantly surprised Saturday afternoon, after Liturgy, by the visit of our bishop.  He was driving to another parish and stopped by for an hour to visit with us.  Only a handful of people remained behind, but, for those of us who did wait, his visit made the celebration even more joyous.

















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Pascha





My goddaughters


















My godsons are the first ones on each side.  :)




It was VERY cold...so, the baskets got blessed in the church hall, instead of outside.





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Bonus:  I'm sure she'll cook up a mean pot of borsch, just as soon as she can reach the stove top!  ;)
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« Reply #232 on: April 29, 2014, 11:39:05 PM »

Bonus:  I'm sure she'll cook up a mean pot of borsch, just as soon as she can reach the stove top!  ;)

I'm tall, I've helped short people with things like that before! 
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