FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
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|
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)