Diveyevo Obediences: Photographs from the Early 20th Century

On June 14/27, the Fourth Portion of the Mother of God on Earth—Diveyevo Convent—honors its own saints. Before the revolution in 1917, there were approximately 1700 nuns and novices in the monastery. Only one of them, Schemanun Margarita (or as they used to call her, Grandma Frosia) lived to the reopening of the monastery and the return of St. Seraphim’s relics. Nevertheless, the pre-revolutionary day-to-day life of the monastery and its sisters were preserved in photographs, some of which were found in the personal photo album of Abbess Alexandra (Trakovskaya †1942), the last abbess of Diveyevo. Fortunately this album was preserved, and it we gladly present these unique pictures here.

View of the St. Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, from the southern side

View of the St. Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, from the southern side

Cross procession to Diveyevo Monaster

Cross procession to Diveyevo Monaster

The Church-parish school and orphanage at Diveyevo Monastery

The Church-parish school and orphanage at Diveyevo Monastery

The Church of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God

The Church of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God

Sisters working at the printing press in Diveyevo Convent

Sisters working at the printing press in Diveyevo Convent

Sisters embossing icons in Diveyevo Convent

Sisters embossing icons in Diveyevo Convent

Icon painting in Diveyevo Convent

Icon painting in Diveyevo Convent

Drawing in Diveyevo

Drawing in Diveyevo

Painting in Diveyevo Convent

Painting in Diveyevo Convent

Sewing vestments in Diveyevo Convent

Sewing vestments in Diveyevo Convent

Sisters entering names into the prayer commemoration books at Diveyevo Convent

Sisters entering names into the prayer commemoration books at Diveyevo Convent

A nun’s funeral

A nun’s funeral

The Diveyevo Convent choir

The Diveyevo Convent choir

Candle-making in Diveyevo

Candle-making in Diveyevo

The Church of the Transfiguration and the hermitage of St. Seraphim in the Diveyevo Convent

The Church of the Transfiguration and the hermitage of St. Seraphim in the Diveyevo Convent

Sisters cutting the hay

Sisters cutting the hay

Sisters laboring at the harvest

Sisters laboring at the harvest

A chapel on the place where the mill was built at the blessing of St. Seraphim

A chapel on the place where the mill was built at the blessing of St. Seraphim

Sisters laboring in the kitchen

Sisters laboring in the kitchen

Sisters laboring in the garden

Sisters laboring in the garden

Comments
Nadia7/1/2017 7:39 pm
Those nun r fortunate where they are
damjan6/24/2017 6:06 am
Angels on Earth! Вечнаја Памјат!
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