Moleben on the Land – Pictures

The littlest choir member.

Let them sing!

It should be illegal to be this cute.

July 24/ Aug 6 2009 9th Thursday after Pentecost.




During our weekly Moleben on the Land, Thursday evening. We are standing on the built up platform of earth, just in front of where the iconostasis will eventually be. Notice the assistant choir director holding the service to St Nicholas. It does not matter if it is right side up or upside down, but she will still turn the pages with purpose! She also sings on key, although not always the same words (but they know some songs, like “O Gladsome Light” by heart). Notice also that not every little person is paying attention! They love to mug for the camera!


Priest Seraphim Holland standing on the area where the temple will be built, before a moleben service.


Priest Seraphim before the Moleben.


Children posing before a moleben on our land. It should be illegal to be this cute!


It should be illegal to be this cute. They are facing West, at the very Eastern part of the church. The one on the right has a gift for observations. Today she picked up a tweezers, and I was scrambling to tell her not to use them, she solemnly told me that “These are for Omas (grandmothers) and Mommies only, but Papas and Daddies use them too sometimes.”


Priest Seraphim Holland 2009.     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas


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