“Today the Virgin stands in the church, and with hosts of Saints, and invisibly prays to God for us...” A wonderfully festive atmosphere at our Convent on the Feast Day of the Protection of the Mother of God was captured by Maxim Chernogolov.
Our Orthodox Festival “Joy” is in full swing. Its programme is very diverse and includes concerts, theatrical productions, workshop sessions. The visitors are having a wonderful time there. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov and Eugene Prokofiev.
Our farmstead for disadvantaged women celebrated its patron feast day - the day of St Sergius of Radonezh. The chiming of the new bells made the service especially festive. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
The Festival was launched by our Convent on October 2nd and is dedicated to the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God. Its programme includes a variety of events and projects focused on family. Photos by Igor Klevko.
The members of the Eaglets Orthodox youth movement got together with their parents and the project initiators in our Ichthys school to share their impressions of this past summer. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection, we glorify!
We hope you will enjoy these photos from the festive services at our Convent. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
On the beautiful Feast Day of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Festive Divine Liturgy at the Convent was sung by our Children’s choir. Its founder and conductor is Matushka Maria Bakhvalova. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
“Your Nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!” In the photos are the brightest moments of how our Convent’s community celebrated the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God this year. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Oașa Monastery is an Orthodox monastery in Romania located on the valley of the Sebeș River. A team of our Convent’s mosaicists was invited to the Monastery to do a mosaic project there. Photos by Maxim Dudarev.
Our sisters care for the residents of several medical-social institutions in Minsk. Among them is a boarding home for children with disabilities. This year it marks its 50th anniversary. Photos from the Convent’s archive.
We invite you to have a look at some photos of this year’s potato picking season at our monastic farmstead for men. Some of our sisters came to help with harvesting the crop. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Our spiritual father, Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok comes to the monastic farmstead for men every week to talk to the residents and to confess them. The men then attend the Divine Liturgy at the farmstead’s church. Photos by Olga Senkova.
On September 1st, our Ichthys Orthodox School started a new school year. We celebrated a special Moleben and prayed to God asking to help our students and teachers along the way. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
It was a great joy for us to celebrate the All-night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos at our Convent this year. Photos by Eugene Prokofiev and Ivan Gomza.
On August 24th, we honour the memory of the great elder Archpriest Nikolai Guryanov who blessed our Convent’s spiritual father to build St Elisabeth Convent. Photos from the Convent’s archive.
Three years ago we started a new tradition at our Convent. Every Transfiguration night we gather on Mount Lysaya near Minsk and at midnight celebrate the Festive Divine Liturgy in the open air. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
There’s an apiary on the grounds of our Convent’s farmstead for men. Its newly-harvested honey is ready to be blessed and tasted on the Saviour of the Honey feast day. Photos from the Convent’s archive.
On the Feast Day of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos ‘Of Smolensk’, the Convent’s sisters together with parishioners took part in a cross procession and then celebrated a Moleben service with the Akathist. Photos by Eugene Prokofiev.
Today we invite you on a journey to the beautiful world of horses. These graceful and kind animals live at the Convent’s stable located at the farmstead for men.
Photos by Eugene Prokofiev.
High summer, joyous mood, lush green bushes, tender fragrance of blooming flowers.. Have a look at some beautiful summer views of our Convent this year. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
FORGET-ME-NOT is an Orthodox makeshift summer camp for children run by St Elisabeth Convent. Here, children take various master classes, play games and learn to work and pray together. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
On July 18th, we joyously celebrated the feast day of our Patron Saint, Grand Duchess Elisabeth. Our mission is to continue her philanthropic work by helping those in need. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
We assembled these photos of the last Russian Royal family. They died at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918 and were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000. Photos from the Convent's archive.
It is here that men who have experienced difficult life situations can find shelter. More importantly, these men can change their lives and find God along the way. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
We are sharing with you the photos from our Divine Liturgy on the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, the Leaders of the Apostles. Many people joined us for this beautiful celebration. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Over years of St Elisabeth Convent’s history, we have established more than thirty workshops. Our metal workshop is one of them. Have a look at the photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Have a look at our slide show of these mid-summer days at the Convent's farmstead. The inhabitants are women who have found themselves in a difficult life situation.
Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
We hope you will enjoy these photos from the Divine Liturgy dedicated to the celebration of the Feast Day of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco at our Convent. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Our young parishioners are having a great time at our makeshift summer camp. Yesterday everyone was happy to take part in a knight tournament, as the photos by Maxim Chernogolov show.
Some of our young parishioners, the members of the ‘Eaglets’ Orthodox youth movement, are enjoying an exciting summer at our makeshift summer camp outside Minsk. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Have a look at how our community made everything ready and then joyously celebrated the Great Feast of Pentecost at St Elisabeth Convent on June 20th, this year. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
St Elisabeth Convent is delighted to invite you to the International Orthodox Festival JOY in Mogilev. Some of the joyous moments of the festival are in the photos by Eugene Prokofiev.
On June 10th, we celebrated the Great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord - a joyous day for all Orthodox Christians, including the community of St Elisabeth Convent. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
The bright sun, the golden glow of the domes of our churches, the spirit of the communal prayer, and the faces of our sisters, clergy and visitors. View the summer slide show by Maxim Chernogolov.
The ceramics studio is one of the oldest at the Convent. The beauty of its handmade ceramic products is truly timeless. We invite you to have a look at the photos of our workshop by Maxim Chernogolov.
In the photos by Maxim Chernogolov are the Convent’s clergy together with our brothers and sisters going in a cross procession and celebrating an Akathist to the “Inexhaustible Chalice” Icon.
On May 18th, the Patron Feast Day of the church in honour of the “Inexhaustible Chalice” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos was celebrated at our monastic farmstead for men.
Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
On May 16th, this year, sisters, brothers and the Ichthys School students organized a special concert at our Convent to celebrate the Feast of the Myrrhbearing Women. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
On the Day of Rejoicing, we celebrated a Divine Liturgy and a memorial service at our church in honour of the Righteous Lazarus, sharing the Paschal joy with our departed loved ones. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
On May 9th, this year, we marked Victory Day with a cross procession and a memorial service for those who had laid down their lives in the Great Patriotic War. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!" We continue to share with you our photos from the Paschal Liturgy. Photos by Elena Strashnova.
Have a look at how we celebrated the Feast of Pascha, the Bright Resurrection of Christ, here at St Elisabeth Convent on May 2nd, this year. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov and Elena Strashnova.
“How shall I bury Thee, O my God? How can I wrap Thee in a shroud?..” On April 30th, we celebrated the Holy Friday Burial Shroud Vespers here at St Elisabeth Convent. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
Our ‘Paschal Joy’ festival 2021 is over. It was held by St Elisabeth Convent from April 14th to April 25th, this year. Some of the joyous moments of the festival are in the photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
We are pleased to share with you the brightest moments of the Feast of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem celebrated at St Elisabeth Convent on April 25th, this year. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
There are a lot of colourful and exciting events going on at our ‘Paschal Joy' festival each day. The visitors are having a wonderful time there. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov and Olga Naglina
The Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Metropolitan Veniamin tonsured five monastic sisters of St Elisabeth Convent. The sacrament took place on 15 April. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
The international Orthodox festival ‘Paschal Joy’ was launched by St Elisabeth Convent on 14th April in Minsk. The atmosphere of the festival is filled with the anticipation of the Feast of all Feasts.
There is a smith’s workshop on the grounds of St Elisabeth Convent’s farmstead located outside the village of Lysaya Gora. We invite you to have a look at some photos from the workshop.
Have a look at how we celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos here at St Elisabeth Convent on April 7th, this year. In our Convent, we celebrate a special festive Liturgy with Vespers.
His Eminence Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, visited St Elisabeth Convent on March 31st. Vladyka celebrated the Liturgy and tonsured five sisters of our Convent.
Today we invite you to the sewing workshop of St Elisabeth Convent. Vestments for clergy, baptismal and wedding sets, items for funerals, headwear, towels are designed and sewed here.
The Church celebrates the Triumph of Orthodoxy on the first Sunday of Great Lent. During the Rite of the Feast of Orthodoxy, the Creed is read and we sing Memory Eternal for the departed defenders of Orthodoxy.
On the first Friday of Great Lent we celebrated a Moleben to the holy Great Martyr Theodore the Tyro. Following the Moleben, the koliva prepared by the sisters of St Elisabeth Convent was blessed.
“My soul, my soul arise, why art thou sleeping? The end is drawing near and thou wilt be confounded.” The photos show the service of the Great Penitential Canon of St Andrew of Crete this year.
On March 15th, we celebrate the Feast Day of our church in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God. Have a look at the photos from the festive services celebrated at St Elisabeth Convent.
“Bless, holy fathers and brethren, and forgive me a sinner, all wherein I have sinned this day and all the days of my life in deed, word, thought and through all my senses…” Photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.
St Elisabeth Convent opened a stained glass workshop in 2006. At present its extensive collection of products of glass and souvenirs includes figures of little angels, butterflies, animals and forest wildlife.
Today, the non-ferrous metal products workshop of St Elisabeth Convent employs 15 people - artists, chemists, welders and jewelers. Some of the techniques they use date back to 10-13th centuries.
‘Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word…’ In the photos are the brightest moments of how we celebrated the joyous Feast of the Meeting of our Lord here at our Convent.
A Women’s Rehabilitation Centre of St Elisabeth Convent was established in 2011. Prayer, repentance, work, closeness to nature, caring for each other the women find God and change their lives.
In 1998, a small chapel in honour of St Xenia was established on the territory of the Boarding Home for mentally challenged adults. It made it possible for patients to participate in worship services.
Lay sisterhood meetings are a good chance for the sisters to discuss the issues at hand with Fr Andrey and to have an exchange of views. The last meeting was followed by an amazing theatrical performance.
The trees are all dressed in white from the fresh snow. When you come to our Convent these winter days, it feels as if you are in a fairy tale. Photos by Monk Dimitrius (Kozyrev) and Novice Irina Khmyzova.
His Eminence Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, visited St Elisabeth Convent on January 23, this year. Vladyka Veniamin celebrated the All-Night Vigil.
There is a wonderful tradition at our Convent: after the Theophany night service, we go to the Convent’s farmstead to plunge into the ice-cold water. After that, we drink hot tea and talk to each other.
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, and called Thee His beloved Son… (Troparion of Theophany)
We are pleased to share with you the photos from the Christmas musical performance that took place in St Elisabeth Convent on January 10, this year. Its warm atmosphere was filled with creativity and humour.
Vladyka Philaret blessed our many undertakings here at St Elisabeth Convent, he helped us both with his holy prayers and active participation. We saved memories between 2005 and 2010 in photos.
We rejoice with heart and soul and voice: Christ is born, God is with us! Have a look at how the community of St Elisabeth Convent made everything ready and then joyously celebrated the Feast of the Nativity.
Candles flickering in the church and the community praying from the depths of the heart. Have a look at how we celebrated a Thanksgiving Moleben and Divine Liturgy in our Convent this New Year’s Eve.
Mount Athos is a place of daily work and unceasing prayer. Have a look at these photos of the Holy Mountain taken by our Convent’s mosaicists while they worked on a mosaic project there.
Everything is miraculous on Mt Athos. The photos were taken by artisans and workmen of our Convent’s mosaic workshop as they were working on a mosaic project on Mt Athos six years ago.
More than two years ago, in 2018, we welcomed new monastics into our Convent's family. This was a special day in the life of our sisters, and we publish a slide show to share with you our joy.
We invite you to have a look at how the monastics and laity of St Elisabeth Convent celebrated the feast day of one of our patron saints, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, on December 19th, 2020.
What happens deep in the icon painter’s soul is solely their and God’s secret. We visited the icon-painting workshop of St Elisabeth Convent and tried to get closer to the icon creation mystery.
The beauty of nature, the grace and elegance of monastic architecture, the depth and delicateness of soul... This is a harmony filled with the love of the Creator. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
We adults need to learn from children how to rejoice at meeting with God: “... unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18: 3)
An amazing photography exhibition takes place in our Convent between December 4th and 28th this year. It is dedicated to our greatly beloved Belarusian Saint Valentina of Minsk (+1966), canonized in 2006.
Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.. (from the Troparion)
When you are doing something lovingly, it is always felt by everyone, whether it is a beautiful thoroughbred horse or a funny donkey. Enjoy these lively photos taken by Elena Strashnova at our farmstead.
On 22 November, we celebrated the Patron Feast Day of the church in honour of St Nektarios of Aegina on the grounds of the Boarding Home for children with special needs. Photos by Maxim Chernogolov.
We started celebrating the Akathists to St Nektarios of Aegina in the Boarding Home for children with special needs in 2002. Over time, a church was built on the territory of the Boarding Home.
Seasons, things, ages come and go, but ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ (Hebrews 13: 8)
We invite you to have a look at some beautiful autumn views of our Convent this year.
At St Elisabeth Convent we have the social employment workshop ‘Dobrodel’ which offers jobs for people with mental conditions. They are able and willing to work, but they are not hired because of disability.
‘Youth Saturday’ is a new project for Orthodox youth of Minsk to meet together on the last Saturday of each month for prayer. The first ‘Youth Saturday’ took place in St Elisabeth Convent on 31 October.
Their smiles are the happiest, their faith is the purest. It is really gratifying to see so many kids in the church. Our children are our hope. Photos of little parishioners captured by Maxim Chernogolov.
On 23 October, the Church honours St Ambrose of Optina, and on 24 October, we honour the memory of the holy Elders of Optina Monastery. We invite you to have a look at some photos of these days.
It is a place where colourful autumn walks hand-in-hand with black monastic robes, fast-paced life learns quiet contemplation, and every moment of our reality meets eternity. It is harmony.
Every Autumn, our convent hosts annual festivals of choral music, attended by church and secular choirs from Belarus and abroad. We present photos from the twentieth festival, which opened in mid-October.
We are pleased to share with you some of the most beautiful pictures from the celebration of the Protection of the Holy Theotokos at our church. As we sang in the Kontakion on this day, “apostles and prophets rejoice together, / since for our…
At the women’s farmstead, celebrated with great joy the day of its patron saint, Sergius of Radonezh, the wonderworker. Every soul who finds God, every woman who rebuilds her life is truly a miracle.
We welcome visitors from Belarus and elsewhere who come to join us in the veneration of our heavenly intercessor and mother of all of God's children. The varied programme is presented this year.
The potato picking season is our chance to build our food stocks for the year, and a great occasion for the monastic brothers and sisters to come together and enjoy their shared time at work.
The festival "Joy of Protection of the Mother of God" is an annual event conducted by our Convent dedicated to the feast day of the Protection of the Holy Theotokos. JOY is held three times a year.
We are sharing with you the photos from our worhip services on the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. See the colours and the light, and the unitedness of the people in the celebratrion of the triumph of light over darkness, and life over…
We are sharing with you the photos from our worship services on the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. See the colours and the light, and the unitedness of the people in the celebration of the triumph.
Here at Saint Elisabeth Convent, football is very popular. Almost everybody plays it - parishioners, their children, staff, clergy and monastics. We teach and play football at our Convent's school "Ichthys".
For those of you who could not attend our services dedicated to the Nativity of the Theotokos in person or online, this is your chance to appreciate the festive atmosphere that reigned in our convent.
The beautiful scenery, the everyday rural chores, friendships and the presence of God - the new photo album from our farmstead shows it all. We give the chance to the vulnerable people to find shelter.
The first day of the Autumn is the start of the new school year throughout Belarus and was celebrated with great joy at the school of our Convent. All are happy to be back to school, as photos shows.
The church offices on the feast day of the Dormition included the observance of the Burial Service of the Theotokos, a tradition that comes from the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, where she died and was buried.
Many people joined us for the celebration of the Dormition the Most Pure Mother of God last week. It was a great joy for us to welcome all of the celebrants and see their enlightened faces.
Some of our young parishioners have had an exciting summer at our makeshift summer camp outside Minsk, and we are pleased to share with you the photos of some of their most memorable moments.
We hope you will enjoy this slide show from the All-night Vigil dedicated to the celebration of the Feast Day of the Holy Transfiguration at the Church of the Reigning Icon of the Holy Theotokos.
The Divine Light, the blessing of the Fruit and the joy of being there. This year, we celebrated the Feast Day of the Holy Transfiguration in the open air, at our farmstead at Lysaya Gora.
The sisters and parishioners of the Convent celebrated the feast day of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord, the first of the three feasts of the Saviour during the Dormition Fast.
We are pleased to share with you the photos from the celebration of the Feast day of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, which included the Holy Cross procession and the display of the icon.
We celebrated the feast day of St. Seraphim of Sarov, a much-revered saint among Eastern Orthodox believers. This slide show brings you back into the midst of the worship service and feast atmosphere.
In the summer, some of our monastic sisters travel to the countryside to stock up on the gifts of summer for the rest of the year. It is important, but also a fun and enjoyable obedience.
It is with great joy that we have celebrated the feast days of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers and our Patron Saint, Grand Duchess Elisabeth. In this photo show, you can revisit these mid-summer days.