Christmas Eve celebration at the Russian Hall
The Russian Orthodox Church and a Russian community in Belgrade gathered today the faithful of the Russian and the Serbian Church at the Russian Hall in order to celebrate Christmas Eve. In an atmosphere of the traditional unity and love of Serbian and Russian people a concert of Christmas carols of the Belgrade Madrigal Choir with a conductor Aleksandar Brujic was held. In the full auditorium of the Russian Hall director delivered a speech, and then followed speeches of Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasjev, a head of the Podvorye of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, and of His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia.
His Grace Bishop conveyed the blessing of His Holiness and expressed gratitude to the Russian community and its contribution in culture, science, education and spirituality, and commended the Russian Hall as a temple in which two peoples, Russian and Serbian are contacting and encompassing each other, unifying together in one Orthodox Church. Bishop expressed a wish that God-child whom we are going to celebrate tomorrow in this way unites all nations of the world.