Brooklyn, NY: Nativity Yolka held by Venerable Seraphim of Sarov School
On Saturday, January 14, the Nativity Yolka was held at Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn, NY for students of St. Seraphim of Sarov Sunday School, which is attended by children both of that parish and of the neighboring St. Joasaph of Belgorod Church. Prior to the start of the concert, school director Archpriest Boris Oparin congratulated the children, teachers, and parents with the Nativity of Christ. Much music and many songs rang out, while children carried out dance performances. Under the direction of their instructors, the students prepared a play named "A History of Christmas." This wonderful story tells of a Christmas Night when a girl named Sara, accompanied by her Guardian Angel, travels to Bethlehem in the time of Jesus Christ, where as the poor stepdaughter of the hostess of an inn she becomes a witness of the birth of the Divine Infant.
Schoolchildren ages 5 to 13 took part in the play. The director was Lubov Ermak, the concertmaster was Sonata Zipkute, and the dance producer was Oxana Dietrich. The principal roles of inn hostess and Sara were played by Vika Dietrich and Liza Tselykovsky.
After the play, as is customary, Santa Claus (Grandfather Frost) and the Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) came to visit the children and lead them in song around the Christmas tree. The presents delivered by Grandfather Frost were prepared by Matushka Tatiana Oparin.
Yolka held by Venerable Seraphim of Sarov School - 01/26/17