Nativity of Christ in South Africa

The Russian church of St Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg once again bore witness to the solemn, blessed feast of the Nativity of Christ.

On the night of 6-7 January 2012,  the rector of the St Sergius parish, Fr Daniel Lugovoy, celebrated the Divine Liturgy.  Many parishioners came to pray at the service. They came at different times, from different cities and spoke different languages, but were all united in the Orthodox faith and fervent desire to glorify the Christ child born of the Holy Virgin. At the conclusion of the night service, everyone congregated in the parish hall to take part in the festal meal which had been prepared by various members of the parish.

On 15 January, after the Sunday liturgy, the children held their Christmas festival, which was organized by the teachers and members of the Sunday school. All those taking part in the festal concert, and even small spectators in the audience, were rewarded with a Christmas gift. The mothers of the Sunday school children also prepared a surprise for the children. They baked and decorated a  gingerbread town, which the children ate up with pleasure. For many children, Christmas in the Russian church provided a unique experience, allowing them to experience both Orthodox tradition and Russian culture.