The Living Convent

Alexander Bury | 29 November 2012

Ivanovo. Convent of the Entrance of the Theotokos. I’ve been here many times over the past few years. Living, praying, and taking pictures.

The camera lens has captured a great deal. Beautiful views, sunsets, sunrises, services, feasts, and – most importantly – people. Nuns, priests, parishioners, pilgrims, workers. At services, obediences, and trapeza. Believe me, there are plenty of interesting things at the convent.

This is neither a photo-essay nor a photo-report. This is simply the life of the convent, everyday and festive, color and black-and-white. Miscellanea.

Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Archimandrite Ambrose (Yusarov), the convent’s spiritual father

Archimandrite Ambrose (Yusarov), the convent’s spiritual father

At confession

At confession

Abbess Maria (Perepecha)

Abbess Maria (Perepecha)

“No entrance without a blessing!”

“No entrance without a blessing!”

In the trapeza (refectory)

In the trapeza (refectory)

Inner courtyard

Inner courtyard

Church-girls

Church-girls


 

In the belltower

In the belltower

Kliros (choir stand)

Kliros (choir stand)

Ceramics workshop

Ceramics workshop

Sewing room

Sewing room

Prosphora bakery

Prosphora bakery

Bakery

Bakery

Library

Library

On “Radio Radonezh”

On “Radio Radonezh”

Icon painting studio

Icon painting studio

Frescos in the Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Frescos in the Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Igumen Nikiphor (Mikula), iconographer who frescoed the Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Igumen Nikiphor (Mikula), iconographer who frescoed the Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion. Service in the Transfiguration Church

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion. Service in the Transfiguration Church

Romanovka Metochion. Medical room

Romanovka Metochion. Medical room

Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos

 

Romanovka Metochion. Kitchen

Romanovka Metochion. Kitchen

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion. Trapeza (refectory)

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion. Trapeza (refectory)

Mushroom hunting

Mushroom hunting

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion. Prosphora bakery

Preobrazhenskoe Metochion. Prosphora bakery

Winter! A novice exalts…

Winter! A novice exalts…

 

Translated from the Russian.

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