Ora et Labora

The project focuses on the daily life of the Benedictine monks' community and the expressions of individuality found within it.

The project focuses on the daily life of the Benedictine monks' community and the expressions of individuality found within it. Visual narrative crystallizes at the only one Benedictine monastery in Lithuania, at Palendriai village.

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Image from the Ora et Labora photography project
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Brother Kazimieras had an agreement to play together with abbot president at the synod. Laundry room was the most quiet for the practice.

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After the skying 3 km he cuts a hole in the ice and takes a quick swim and then back again to the monastery on the skis. And no matter of weather conditions it is repeated everyday day over one and the half year. Blessed is the man who endures trial, (Jas 1:12).

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Monks are living with the minimum to satisfy one's daily needs.
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Monks are living with the minimum to satisfy one's daily needs.

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - He is the one that opens the doors for the guests at Palendriai monastery
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He is the one that opens the doors for the guests at Palendriai monastery

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Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

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Palendriai monastery. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you, (Jn 13:14-15).

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Recreation at Palendriai monastery
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Recreation at Palendriai monastery

© Eugenijus Barzdžius - Palendriai monastery
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Palendriai monastery

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You have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator, (Col 3:9b-10).