Ukrainian Christmas to be celebrated at cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral will be the venue for a Ukrainian Christmas, on Friday, January 6.

Supported by Suffolk Refugee Support, the service, which starts at 5pm, is open to Ukrainian families, host families and guests from across Suffolk.

It will begin with the Ukrainian Liturgy and Blessing of the Bishops and continue with the Nativity Performance ”VERTEP” and Ukrainian Christmas Carols.

Some of the carols to be performed are Nova Radist (New Joy), Dobryi Vechir Tobi (Good Evening), Sleep Jesus Sleep and Heaven and Earth Are BNow Celebrating.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, High Sheriff of Suffolk, is supporting the event.

He said: “This a chance for Ukrainians living amongst us as our guests in Suffolk to be together at this hallowed time of year.  The service has been put together entirely by our Ukrainian friends, wonderfully supported by St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Suffolk Refugee Support. 

“It will be a time for prayer, for taking comfort and solace in each other’s company, and a celebration of Christmas and all that goes with it, especially for families with loved ones far away.  It is a privilege to be associated with this event and our Ukrainian friends, whose courage I greatly admire.”

The Rev Canon Philip Banks, Canon Precentor at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, added: “We’re delighted to be able to host this event at the cathedral, beginning with Ukrainian Christmas Liturgy and prayers. The peoples of Ukraine continue to be at the forefront of our prayers. We hope and pray that this gathering, at the traditional time of Christmas celebration for so many Ukrainians, will be a way of bringing people together from across Suffolk for mutual support and encouragement, comfort and joy.”

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