President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki, on Monday, sent greetings to the faithful of the Orthodox, Greek Catholic and Eastern Churches who, according to the Julian calendar, are celebrating Christmas.
It is easy to miss their presence - the three-barred crosses, the wooden banyas and the modest churches – unless you know what to look for. TFN travelled to the regions of Mazury and Suwalszczyzna in north-east Poland to track down the Old Believers, a minority which has almost disappeared, yet which still lingers among the hills, fields and virgin forests in the land of a thousand lakes.
The Transfiguration of Christ, one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, was celebrated on Monday on the Holy Mount of Grabarka, eastern Poland, the traditional pilgrimage centre for Orthodox Christians in the country.
The New Epiphany of Beauty competition at the Icon Museum in the 15th century town of Supraśl, collects and preserves 21st Century icons. The museum has one of the richest collections of icons in Poland from the past three centuries.
I want to convey my most cordial wishes to all members of the Eastern Church in Poland. Let this feast bring you happiness, understanding, forgiveness and warmth, PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on the eve of the Orthodox Church's Christmas Day (on or around January 7).