Dormition of Theotokos. History and Traditions

On August 28 according to the new style (Julian calendar) and August 15 according to the old style (Gregorian calendar) Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is one of the twelve major feasts of the Orthodox Church.

Eco Toys for Kids

There is one more workshop with products for kids in the convent – a textile one. Pillows, toys and perfect textile are produced there. Signature features of the workshop are bright design, natural materials and artful union of current trends and Russian traditions. The eco toys produced in the workshop

Green Gold. Part I

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.   — Hippocrates (Ancient Greek doctor and philosopher, 460 BC) If your diet lacks vegetables, fruit, berries, and greens, it may affect your health, hamper your productivity, cause various diseases, and decrease your life expectancy. You should consider adding edible

Take up Your Cross

MOUNT GRABARKA has been one of the most prominent sacred places in the Orthodox regions of Poland. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit this mountain every year. They come here to thank God for his miracles and quietly ask him to bless the intentions of their hearts,

Boarding Home, Ministry, Pilgrimage

The St John the Russian Fund took the young and adult patients of residential care facilities for the mentally challenged on a journey to St Elisha Laŭryšava Monastery on July 22 and a trip to Holy Annunciation Monastery in Malyja Liady on July 28. The volunteers place a lot of

Inspired by Light. Angel Stained Glass Panel

There is a workshop in our Convent that rekindles your best childhood memories. It’s the GLASS WORKSHOP. Its products look like they’ve just jumped off the pages of children’s books. They are exciting because they are simple and unassuming. From a Sketch to a Finished Product It is no accident

Heart 2 Heart Festival in London: Looking Back

Hearty meetings, events, tea parties, and exhibitions have long been an integral part of our Heart 2 Heart Festival. Our Festival was open to the inhabitants and visitors of the British capital on July 3-8. Festival events were hosted by the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Great Britain and St

BeloRussian Nesting Dolls

We begin a series of reviews on the products made in our workshops today. There are over 30 workshops in St Elisabeth Convent now. Each workshop makes unique, moving, and useful products. Toy painting workshop is one of the most outstanding ones. Our artists make colourful souvenirs, Christmas Tree toys,

Let Us Sing With Our Hearts and Lips…

The Isle of Wight is one of the largest islands located 2 miles off the coast of Hampshire. Its total area is just 148 square miles, a fact that gave this island its name, which literally means ‘something tiny’. However, it was this place that became the centre of solemnities

Batleika: A Tale of the Belarusian Soul

Batleika Theatre is one of the earliest types of the Belarusian popular art. The traditions of the medieval theatre are being revived and make people happy again. Heart 2 Heart Festival is no exception: Batleika Theatre has been a firmly established part of its programme for several years now. Batleika

The Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent

The Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent has become an integral part of the Heart 2 Heart Festival programme. The charitable concerts of the Monastic Choir are well-known and loved in many countries across Europe. They evoke engagement even with those who are taking their first steps into the Church. We know

Lots of Joy You Will Enjoy

Meeting guests with sweets, delicious pastry, and herbal tea has become a good tradition of the Heart 2 Heart Festival. All products in the phyto café of St Elisabeth Convent are not just tasty but also natural and healthy. You can indulge in candied fruit, marshmallows, Turkish delight and other

Encountering the Word

Thanks to the Heart 2 Heart Festival, colourful and educational books published by the Publishing House of St Elisabeth Convent (Minsk) have found new readers in many countries across Europe. The Publishing House of St Elisabeth Convent is one of the largest Christian publishers in Belarus. It publishes Christian books in