On December 19, the Cathedral of St. John the Forerunner & Baptist in Brooklyn commemorated St. Nicholas the Wonderworker with a Divine Liturgy followed by a prayer service to the saint. On December 21, the students of the St. Sergius of Rodonezh School of the Brooklyn Cathedral presented the concert to celebrate the feast.
Together with their teachers and parents, the students prepared poems, songs, and plays to praise St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and ask for his help towards people in various needs. The topic of obedient and disobedient children was brought up during the presentation and students who were obedient the whole year would receive a present. Members of the large crowd present gave a sincere applause to the youngsters’ performances.
The performance was preceded by the greeting of the Rector of the Cathedral, Archpriest Alexander Belya. “Children are our happiness and future. That is why we must put as much effort and attention as we can toward raising them in accordance to God’s Commandments and Orthodox Christian tradition. For this purpose, we have this school for the children for many years. It is now the largest Russian language school in Brooklyn that teaches Orthodox Christian religion and Russian literature, as well as traditional singing and drawing. Today’s performance is an example of the creativity of the students of our school.”
At the end of the event, the parents thanked the Archpriest Alexander, who gives spiritual guidance to the school, Matushka Christina, and the schoolteachers for their excellent work. All the participants also received a gift from Father Alexander.
The St. Sergius of Rodonezh School is open to children on Saturdays from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. The educational curriculum consists of Orthodox Christian religion, Russian and Ukrainian languages and literature, as well as musical and theatre skills, choir practice, drawing lessons, and other developmental activities.