All choirs and bands that performed at the 18th edition of the festival can also be listened to on the website orthodox.fm – Orthodox Media Portal of the Lublin-Chelm Diocese …
Preserving the beautiful caroling traditions of Podlasie and Chelmszczyzna, but also “praising” them in the national forum, sets itself the goal of the Student Choir of st/Tatiana at the Orthodox Parish of St. John Climacus at Warsaw’s Wola. Orthodox students of the capital’s universities (many from the Nadbuzanskie parishes) spoke in Terespol for the first time, proving that being far away from home, you can also serve your “little homeland”.
Nuns from the Women’s Monastery of The Cover of Mary the Theotokos in Turkowice also made their debut on the Terespol stage. At the head of sister Euphalia, nuns presented christmas carols: Ukrainian “Po wsiomu switu”, Serbian “O radosne vesti”, Polish “V Zlobie lezy” and stichira of Lord’s Nativity to byzantine melody. With their performance, they introduced the audience to an ascetic atmosphere of contemplation of the great event: The Nativity of God on Earth.
The atmosphere of joy and family celebration of Christmas was created in Terespol by bands from Ukraine. The Female Choir “Lira” and the bandurists from “Zorianycya” (both bands from Lviv) ended the first day of the festival, together with the audience performing the carol “Boh sia razdaye”, for which the audience did not spare the applause. Sunday’s meeting, on the other hand, was crowned by the Choir of the Cathedral of All Volhynian Saints of Lutsk “Volhynian Bells”, wishing all the gathered “mnogih lit” in happiness and health.
Author: Anna Jawdosiuk-Małek