Catholic University students perform benefit concert for Ukraine aid – Catholic Standard

With many performers and members of the public carrying the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag, students and faculty from the Catholic University of America held a benefit concert on April 25 at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC to raise funds for humanitarian aid to war-torn Ukraine.

The Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama and Art program began with a traditional hymn to celebrate Orthodox Easter and remarks by Father Mark Morozowich, a Ukrainian Catholic priest who is dean from the School of Theology and Religion of the Catholic University. Studies.

Father Mark Morozowich, a Ukrainian Catholic priest who is the dean of the Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies, speaks at a benefit concert for Ukraine Aid performed on April 25 at the Ukrainian Catholic National Holy Family Shrine by students and staff of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Theater and Art at the Catholic University of America. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan, University Photographer)

“[The hymn] is traditional in all Byzantine churches and it’s (commemorating that) Christ rose from the dead, conquering death… (and) bestowing life, so it’s really the victory hymn of Easter, and it’s is the anthem that we sing over and over again, and our people love to sing it,” Fr. Morozowich said in an interview.

The Orthodox Easter date based on the Julian calendar, which is generally different from the date of Easter celebrated by Catholics and other Christian denominations based on the Gregorian calendar, is observed in Ukraine and known as Velykden (Beautiful day).

“The wanton destruction of property, the destruction of houses, whole blocks of apartment buildings that have no real strategic military purpose, but it’s just heinous, it’s destructive, it’s really brutal, so we have to keep people’s awareness,” Fr. Morozowich said. .

Ukrainian works performed included the Ukrainian national anthem and “Sviat Vechir” (Ukrainian Christmas Eve). Father Morozowich spoke about the importance of organizing events such as the concert, not only to raise funds and celebrate the culture of Ukraine, but also to keep Ukraine in people’s minds.

“We need to be aware and alert that our brothers and sisters are suffering, our brothers and sisters are being murdered, people’s lives are being totally turned upside down,” Fr Morozowich said.

Musicians from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama and the Arts at the Catholic University of America perform during a benefit concert for Ukraine at the Ukrainian Catholic National Holy Family Shrine in Washington, DC, April 25. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan, University Photographer)

Among those present at the concert was Oksana Horsynska, from the Ukrainian town of Zolochiv. She came to the United States a few months ago to visit a friend in the Washington area just before Russia launched its brutal military invasion in February, and was unable to return home. Julia Romaniuk, a parishioner at the shrine, volunteered to translate the Catholic standard Horsynska’s questions and answers.

Horsynska said one of her daughters works as a teacher in Zolochiv, where she lives with Horsynska’s two grandchildren. Now, during the crisis, her daughter is helping the community as an aid worker, feeding people in the area.

“The music was beautiful and very spiritual, and hits your soul, and God created everyone with beautiful talents to sing, to manifest in spirit… I don’t know why Putin is doing this,” Horsynska said in a statement. tears.

Despite her daughter’s frequent online communications to let her mother know that she is safe in her building, she also mentions how her building is shaking from nearby explosions and she sees smoke and fire.

“I want to go back…but I don’t know when,” Horsynska said.

Students from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama and the Arts at the Catholic University of America perform during a benefit concert for Ukraine at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC, April 25. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan, University Photographer)

After the concert, there was an art exhibit and silent auction on the lower level of the sanctuary. The works were donated by students from the Catholic University. Those interested in donating to humanitarian aid for Ukraine can visit:

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