(P.D.Steeves) MOSCOW PARISH OF ROC-MP HOLDS ECUMENICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN OF ORTHODOX AND BAPTIST FAMILIES
(Portal-credo.ru, 12 January 2010)
A children’s ecumenical Christmas celebration, organized jointly by the parish of Saints Cosmas and Damian the Silverless in Shubina, the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow patriarchate [OVTsSMP], and the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists [RSEKhB], was held on 10 January in Moscow, the Communications Service of OVTsSMP reports.
The idea of conducting a joint matinee for children from Orthodox and Baptist families arose during a meeting of the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow patriarchate, Archbishop of Volokolamsk Ilarion, and the director of the Department of External Church Relations of RSEKhB, Pastor V.K. Vlasenko, which was held on 15 May 2009. The goal of conducting such an event is the exchange of experience in the work of training children in the spirit of traditional Christian spiritual and moral values.
Vice-chairman of OVTsSMP monastic priest Filipp, the head of the Department of External Church Relations of RSEKhB, Pastor V.K. Vlasenko, and the rector of the church of Saints Cosmas and Damian the Silverless, Archpriest Alexander Borisov addressed the children assembled in the Orthodox church. They emphasized that the Nativity of the Savior brings great joy to believers in Christ, which should serve as an inspiration to build one’s life in accordance with the commands of the gospel. Then the children watched a puppet show on Christian topics.
The event was also attended by Secretary for Inter-Christian Relations of OVTsSMP, Archpriest Igor Vyzhanov. (tr. by PDS, posted 13 January 2010)