A contemporary setting of this vigil hymn by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev is matched with photos of ordinary Orthodox Christians in Russia and Alaska. They look rather similar, do they not? Well, we do share a common faith, after all! To their credit, the faithful of the Alaska Church have strayed the least from the practises of the Mother Church. of all Orthodox in America.
Remember to keep the Church of Alaska in your prayers as it going through a Way of the Cross at present. These native people were the first Orthodox in America, and they need our help NOW.
Ask for the intercessions of Patriarch St Tikhon for the Alaska Church he loved so much.
Shallow Water in Fedosiya (Konstantin Miroshnik, no date (2000s?))
The Crimea is a popular holiday destination for many Russian families, and the Miroshniks appear not to be an exception to the rule! Well! So much for the notion that artists are unconventional sorts, wot?
Here is another pair of images by this husband-and-wife artistic tandem on a similar theme.
Wading in the Water (Natalia Kurguzova-Miroshnik, no date (2000s?))