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Cross-Cultural Experience

9 Dec

Last night we attended

As is tradition all over teh world, a girl is chosen to play Santa Lucia and wear her crown of candles.

As is tradition in Scandinavia, a girl is chosen to play Santa Lucia and wear her crown of candles and red sash.

…a Swedish children’s concert in celebration of Santa Lucia (whose feast day is Dec. 13)

…sung by a children’s choir from La Chiesa di Svezia (The Swedish Church), which is Roman Catholic
 

…held on the day Italians celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

…in a German Lutheran Church (the only Lutheran Church in Rome)

Half of the service was in Swedish, half in Italian.  It was sweet! I recognized a lot of the music from my Minnesota Swedish Lutheran upbringing.

Not your average Lutheran Church.... This one is German, the only Lutheran Church in Rome, built in the early 20th century.

Not your average Lutheran Church…. This one is German, the only Lutheran Church in Rome, built in the early 20th century.

The chorus ranged form 4 or 5 year-olds to teenagers, boys and girls.

The chorus ranged from 4 or 5 year-olds to teenagers,both boys and girls.

The Swedish ex-pats here, both from the diplomatic community and those who have married Italians,  support a lively Swedish language program to keep in touch with their heritage. There was a Swedish Christmas market last weekend at La Chiesa Svezia.Chorus by candlelight. Sweet sweet singing all in Swedish.

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2 Responses to “Cross-Cultural Experience”

  1. Anita December 10, 2012 at 06:33 #

    Childrens’ voices are the sweetest ever! Beautiful church!

    Like

    • gooddayrome December 10, 2012 at 20:41 #

      Yes, the same in any language! Ric already said he wants to go back to the same event next year. Amazing!

      Like

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