The Nativity Choral Cathedral, blessed by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, on Saturday, January 15, was held for the first time in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ – the Main Church of the Russian Armed Forces.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that the opening of the choir cathedral was attended by Deputy Minister of Defense – Head of the Main Military-Political Directorate, Colonel-General Gennady Zhidko and Chairman of the Synodal Department for Cooperation with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies of the Moscow Patriarchate, Bishop Savvaty of Bronnitsky.
“On the bright Christmas days, we are witnessing the birth of a new tradition – to celebrate the miracle of Christmas and the meeting of Epiphany with a competition of wonderful musical groups – the Nativity Choir Cathedral!” Gennady Zhidko addressed the parishioners. He wished spiritual performance to the participants of the cathedral, and to the audience and listeners – enjoyment of life-affirming spiritual melodies. The Deputy Minister expressed confidence that the Nativity Choral Cathedral would later become not only an all-Russian, but also a landmark international song event.
Holding the Christmas Choir Cathedral is aimed at introducing participants and guests to the centuries-old traditions of Orthodoxy and Russian spiritual musical culture. And it is also addressed to the ideology of serving the Fatherland through the development of a liturgical singing culture.
In total, 250 people participated in the cathedral. There were six choirs: an Orthodox choir and an ensemble of Engineering troops “For Faith and Fatherland”, a choir of cadets of the Institute of Conductors of the Military University. Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky, the Central Border Ensemble of the FSB of Russia, the female choir of the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army named after A.V. Alexandrov, the Transfiguration Choir of the parishioners of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and the Solba Choir of the Nikolo-Solbinsky Convent.
The groups presented a program composed of works of Christian sacred music and Christmas carols. The joint choir of all participants opened and closed the Nativity Choral Cathedral.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation recalled that on the territory of the museum complex “Road of Memory” near the park “Patriot” near Moscow, the festival “Winter’s Tale” is now taking place. It will be open to the public until March 6th.