Today, Thursday 27 June, is the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Read more about the beautiful, historic icon here.
The photos for this project were taken in an Old Believers church in Yekaterinburg (1,797 km from Moscow). There are almost 100 permanent members. On site there is a parochial school for children and adults in addition to the church.
An article from National Geographic explores Russian Orthodox Old Believers who “live a life occupied by religion and nature.” Burning incense and candles cast a warm glow on the focused faces of Russian Orthodox Old Believers as they embraced the divine moments of their deeply embedded faith.
“On May 22, 1908 Fr. Zerchaninov was appointed the Administrator of the Mission to the Russian Catholics. The decree from the Vatican Secretariat of State appointing him specifically states: ‘Therefore His Holiness commands the aforementioned priest Zerchaninov to observe the laws of the Greek-Slavonic Rite faithfully and in all their integrity, without any admixture from…