Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

The Eastern Orthodox Church, the second largest Christian Church in the world, will celebrate Easter in May. But before that there are days of long fasting. Today we’ll look at the life of Russian priests who came to the northern Russian town of Tiksi as missionaries to sermonize, conduct Mass and hasten the construction of a new church.

Sermons In The Frost

Tiksi is a small town and seaport in the north of Russia. It faces the Laptev Sea. A Polar station and an observatory are located nearby. Navigation is possible for 3 months. It is very cold here in winters and not hot in summer (8 degrees Celsius). Frosts can be here 12 months a year.

Sermons In The Frost

It is time to get up.

Sermons In The Frost

An icon.

Sermons In The Frost

There used to be a small church right in the flat. That time the bell was used.

Sermons In The Frost

It is almost 8 a.m. It is time to light up a furnace as the common prayer will start soon. It is still dark in the street and the moon is bright.

Sermons In The Frost

The firewood is in the furnace.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

Now there is some time to get ready for giving service and check the mail and weather forecast. It is -37 degrees Celsius or -34.6 °F.

Sermons In The Frost

By 9 a.m. the sun is shining right in the window.

Sermons In The Frost

This car belongs to a student who will help to conduct Mass today.

Sermons In The Frost

It is fast to reach any place by car but in Tiksi one doesn’t have to go far to reach any places as the town is small. The car is used as it is difficult to walk in the snow.

Sermons In The Frost

The firemen are never asleep.

Sermons In The Frost

The Holy Father is lighting up oil lamps.

Sermons In The Frost

He is getting ready for prayers.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

The first church people have come.

Sermons In The Frost

The preparation of the Eucharist bread and wine.

Sermons In The Frost

During Mass women were standing on the left.

Sermons In The Frost

Men were standing on the right.

Sermons In The Frost

There is no electricity here and priests use candles to read a prayer.

Sermons In The Frost

Now it is time for a sermon.

Sermons In The Frost

Due to the lack of the icon-stand first prayers are read and then priests and laypeople take the communion. As soon as the icon-stand is ready priests will make communion separately from other people as this is the common rule.

Sermons In The Frost

When Mass was over some people wanted the priest to answer the questions they had and give them a piece of advice. This Book of Psalms in the picture is written in the Yakutsk language.

Sermons In The Frost

The Mass is over. It is time to buy bearings for an off-roader as it is too much snow here to use a regular car. This is a construction site. A new church will be built here soon.

Sermons In The Frost

The bearings and other useful spare parts can be bought in the shop. They also use firewood to make it warm.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

If there is no what you need to buy here you can go to another place that embraces a hotel, court, museum, shops and even a voting station. All in one place.

Sermons In The Frost

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to buy anything you want here.

Sermons In The Frost

Local guys are invited for tea.

Sermons In The Frost

The youth is presented with candies and asked to eat them instead of having bear.

Sermons In The Frost

The tasty food can’t be eaten now as it is time for fasting. The cheese costs 450 RUB or 14,2 US dollars. The prices are rather high here.

Sermons In The Frost

Going back home as the shopping is done.

Sermons In The Frost

This is what the sea port of Tiksi looks like from the sea.

Sermons In The Frost

The sun and frost are unusual for the places. Snowstorms are found more frequently.

Sermons In The Frost

The people are enjoying the nice weather and fish somehow in spite of the fact that the snow is 2,5 meters deep.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

The military reservation.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

Some houses are abandoned and look like this.

Sermons In The Frost

An old church is in the nearby village. There is going to be Mass in the evening.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

The food can be taken during fasting – bread and sunflower oil.

Sermons In The Frost

The missionaries are awaken.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

Salty fish for dinner.

Sermons In The Frost

Traditional tea after dinner.

Sermons In The Frost

Reading a report about the expedition aloud.

Sermons In The Frost

The Mass is about to get started.

Sermons In The Frost

It is far from being dark at 6 p.m.

Sermons In The Frost

It is very warm inside the church. Not many people attend Mass on working days. On Sundays there are about 20 people with children which is a normal thing here.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

The New Testament is read in the Russian language. There is much light here and no candles are needed.

Sermons In The Frost

The sanctuary.

Sermons In The Frost

Officers and pilots stay to talk after the Mass.

Sermons In The Frost

Watching news in the evening.

Sermons In The Frost

Salty fish and mushrooms for dinner.

Sermons In The Frost

Sermons In The Frost

And a cup of tea.

Sermons In The Frost

Religious reading before going to sleep. It is about Metropolitan Innokentiy who inlightened the people of the Eastern Siberia and Yakutia as well.

Sermons In The Frost

It is high time to go to bed now. Another frosty day of the missionary service is about to come.

Location: Tiksi

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13 thoughts on “Sermons In The Frost”

  1. @Besim Bektas : that simple. On northern areas people need to stay fat – because of the frost/harsh winter time.
    You could also answer yourselfs why polar bears or penguins are fat. It’s moreless the same

    What I’m really interested is why people in southern countries are fat:)

    • Pravoslavie. The Eastern Orthodox Church, officially called the Orthodox Catholic Church and also referred to as the Orthodox Church

  2. yeah.. I wouldn’t recomend for youth to have a bear either.. they’re nice an cuddly when they young but when they grow up, they drink up all your beer, eat your family and crap on your bed..

  3. It doesn’t matter if there is no God or if there is, religion can give good guidlines on how to conduct yourself. Rather than being some neihlist asshole.

  4. That salty fish looks horrible, but… one is not allowed to eat fish during Lent in the East Orthodox faith, at least not in the Greek style orthodoxy. It’s interesting there are soldiers even in a small and remote place like this…
    And much like in the rural USofA, many people wear camouflage gear.

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