BARNAUL – In 2007, the Christians of Barnaul established a tradition of interdenominational meetings in honor of the Day of National Unity. This year all three branches of Christianity were represented at such a meeting. An Orthodox archimandrite, a Catholic priest and Protestant pastors preached from the same pulpit.
The event was also attended by a secular guest from the office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Altai Region. He made a welcoming speech to the gathered Christians.
The collection of donations for children's medical institutions has become a regular tradition of inter-church gatherings. This time the charity project was addressed to the public organization ‘Children Angels of Barnaul’, which helps children with disabilities. Its leader attended the event and received a certificate for the collected donations. The money will be transferred to the account of this organization.
In addition to sermons by priests from all three branches of Christianity, classical music and poetry were performed.
The participation of professional musicians from the regional philharmonic — instrumental ‘KamerAns’ a cappella of violins, violas, cellos, double bass — became the program’s highlight. They opened the evening's program with five short works. Among them were two sonatas by Mozart from the Church Sonatas cycle, Arensky's variation “There was a garden at Christ the Child”, and Schubert's famous “Ave Maria”.
Galina Mikhailova, a Barnaul poetess from the Russian Union of Writers, completed the program of the evening. She recited her poems with deep spiritual overtones.
The audience very warmly accepted the performance of the musicians and the poetess.
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith