To Touch The Sky
Nineteen leading batleika theatres from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine took part in the Niabiosy International Batleika Puppet Theatres Festival, which ended on January 17 in the Education Centre of St Elisabeth Convent. The jury and the audience spent the four days of the festival watching nineteen performances of various genres. We hope that the people who could not make it to the Niabiosy Festival this time will be able to come in the future.
Hospital Under Fire, Part Three
An Interview with Nadezhda Chegodayeva, the Head Doctor of the City Clinical Hospital No.21, Donetsk
Nadezhda Chegodayeva: A house in Kremlevsky Prospekt was hit by a missile. Our doctors on duty ran to help. They wore surgical clothes. An elderly woman met them. She started crying and begging them to run for shelter, "Please, hide in a safe place! If anything bad happens to you, who will rescue us?" They worry about doctors, not themselves.
United by Common Pain and Common Joy
Irina said, "My daughter is addicted to drugs. My doctor advised me to go to one such group during a difficult period in my life. He told me that I would certainly feel better; the only thing I needed was courage. I felt so depressed at that time! It seemed to me that I would never be happy again. I was shocked since the very first moments: many people turned out to have difficult situations like mine. I saw several addicts, and some recovering addicts who managed to change their lives.”
Niabiosy Festival Committee Disclosed Some of Their Plans
The II Niabiosy Festival of Batleika Puppet Theatres has gone international. In just a month, puppet theatres from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine will show their skill in the Education Centre of our Convent. The organisers of the festival shared some information about the forthcoming event with us. The First Niabiosy Batleika Puppet Theatre Festival was initiated by Ludmila Zhdanovich. She revealed her strong faith in God through loving the little puppets.
Abbess Euphrosinia (Laptik)
Abbess Euphrosinia: The dreams and intentions I had when I came to the Convent have started to materialise only recently. Elder Sophrony (Sakharov) used to say that if you win a thousand times and lose just once, you feel upset but if you lose a thousand times and win only once, you think you are a hero. I would like each one of you to hear that because this is how we can become more deeply rooted in the Church tradition, which is what we often talk about.
A Special Garden for Special Kids
A sensory garden on the territory of the boarding home for children with special needs is a new project of our St Elisabeth Convent. It will provide these kids who spend so little time outdoors and know so little about the nature with an excellent opportunity to get to know it better. Everyone will be able to take part in the fascinating encounter with the green world…
From Tyumen to Rome: Children in Many Countries Watch Our Cartoons
Cartoons from the For the Little Ones series continue their festival life. Young audiences have the chance to watch them in several cities worldwide, including Tyumen (Russia), Mumbai (India), Bari, Rome, and Milan (Italy). Thanks to the film festivals, our cartoons that belong to the For the Little Ones series have been watched by many children around the globe.
Two Andrews Got Two Awards
Winners of Radonezh IFF named in Moscow
Our Two Andrews documentary has won an award at the XX Radonezh International Film Festival. This film by Halina Adamovich received a special award of the jury “For Creating Vivid Images of Priests - Creators and Builders” as well as a diploma from the Public Relations Department of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. We learned this news after the results of the competition were announced on November 26 during the solemn ceremony of closing the Radonezh festival.
Hospital Under Fire (Part Two)
Interview with Nadezhda Chegodayeva, the head doctor of City Clinical Hospital No.21, Donetsk
Nadezhda Chegodayeva: When I walk to work, I am terrified, especially during the attacks. However, I keep on walking, no matter what. I keep on going because I know that people wait for me, that my people and patients wait for me. How could I turn my back on them?! What would my staff think? I am not a coward, huh? Such thoughts encourage me to keep going and keep praying — and I feel relieved.
Hospital Under Fire
An Interview with Nadezhda Chegodayeva, the Head Doctor of City Hospital No.21, Donetsk
Nadezhda Chegodayeva: As doctors, we are not interested in anyone's views or religious convictions. If a patient comes to us, we must help them. The 1949 Geneva Convention says that doctors must provide medical aid to all parties. We do not discriminate against people, we do not regard anyone as an enemy: they are all one nation.
Our Icons to Be Exhibited in London
Londoners will have a unique chance to admire icons painted by expert icon painters in St Elisabeth Convent. The opening night of the Orthodox Icon: Various Ways to Depict a Sacred Image exhibition is to be held on November 17 at 6:30PM in Sacred Space Gallery, London. The exhibition features seventeen icons. "We would like to demonstrate icons painted using various techniques revived in our Convent. At the same time we made an effort to select icons that best represent the Russian school of icon painting," the organisers stated.
Two Andrews: The Premiere During The Royal Voice Festival
The first show of the Two Andrews documentary was the main event during the first day of the XIV International Royal Voice Festival. This film is about Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok, the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, and Archpriest Andrew Logvinov, a poet and a cleric of St John the Theologian Church in Kostroma. The film was shown in the House of Moscow in Minsk on October 16.
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