Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva
Silent prayer. Tatiana Kireicheva

Silent prayer

This photo project is dedicated to the life of the Orthodox community of deaf and hard of hearing people in Kirov, Russia.

When they pray together in sign language, their hands move synchronously, like the bows of violins in a symphony orchestra. 

The lack of access for the deaf and hard of hearing people to Orthodox church rites in Russia leads to very sad consequences. Usually it leads to the fact that sectarian organizations begin to fulfill this mission. In addition, in the USSR, the training program did not involve the study of sign language, the main emphasis was on lip reading. Experts believed that this made it easier for people with hearing disabilities to integrate into society. When children communicated with gestures, they could be slapped on the hands or seriously punished. This has led to the fact that the sign language system has suffered: many use their own signs, which makes it difficult to understand between the deaf.

Today, the Orthodox Church and some other charitable organizations strive to improve the lives of hearing-impaired people, but their efforts are not always enough. A lot of work needs to be done to ensure that the life of the deaf and hard of hearing in Russia is prosperous enough so that they do not face discrimination and aggression from others, so that they have access to all the necessary benefits. But as long as there are those who are ready to take on this responsibility, there is hope.