Wednesday, 11 January 2012



This past Sunday, January 8th, was an unseasonably balmy afternoon on the prairies, not at all what one is used to on the second day of Свята in Winnipeg!

It helped brighten the mood for some 800 people who gathered at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral for Oseredok's annual Festival of Carols!

O. Koshetz Choir

View of Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral

With the guidance of MC Sophia Kachor, they were treated to the sometimes prayerful, sometimes playful, and ever joyous sounds of Ukrainian Christmas carols and щедрівки, performed by the O. Koshetz Choir (Miroslava Paches, conductor), the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral Choir (Dr. Jeff Saranchuk, conductor), Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and Children's Choir (Miroslava Paches, conductor), the Lyre Trio (Katrusia Basarab, Sofia Bilozor, Larissa Klymkiw), and Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus (Walter Skakun and Bill Solomon, conductors).

Miroslava Paches conducting the Sts. Vladimir and Olga
Children's Choir

Martha Chuchman, Secretary of the Board of Directors, presented Christmas and New Year greetings on behalf of Oseredok, and thanked all Festival participants - particularly the choirs and their directors, for making the Festival of Carols such a wonderful success!

Most certainly the hightlight of this year's Festival of Carols was the lighting of candles with the Peace Light of Bethlehem and a rousing rendition of Бог Предвічний by all present! 
The Festival of Carols alit with the
Peace Light of Bethlehem
Metropolitan Yurij and Metropolitan Lawrence
(to left of first row)

For those of you who couldn't make it, we offer out first attempt at converting, importing, converting, uploading, re-uploading, converting, uploading (you get the picture!) two video files of the Festival. Thanks to Ostap Hawaleshka for the photos and videos.

Lyre Trio - Sofia Bilozor, Katrusia Basarab, and Larissa Klymkiw

Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus, B. Solomon - conductor


Oseredok is accepting registration for two levels of Ukrainian Language classes for beginners in the new year. If you're interested, register TODAY!

Ukrainian for Beginners I
January 16 to March 26, 2012   (Mondays, 6 - 8 pm, 10 weeks)
Aimed at those with no knowledge of Ukrainian, this course focuses on the mastery of the Ukrainian alphabet and a vocabulary of approximately 100 words.

Ukrainian for Beginners II
January 14 to March 24, 2012   (Saturday, 10 am - 12 noon, 10 weeks)
This second level course is aimed at increasing vocabulary for those who know the Ukrainian alphabet, have some reading ability, and are familiar with basic everyday expressions.

REGISTRATION: $150 ($135 for members). To register call 942-0218 or email
A minimum of 10 students must be registered for the course to proceed.

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