Foster children got gifts from the hands of the archbishop. Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofiy congratulated children and teachers of foster home #23 with Christmas.
The facility has been operating at the Petrogradskaya side since the early 1960-s. Its fosterlings now have access to modern gym, swimming pool, wood and pottery workshops, dance hall.
Today, the metropolitan together with chairman of the city’s Legislative Council Vyacheslav Makarov observe the facility at Bolshaya Zelenina street. The guests exchanged creative presents with the fosterlings – a church choir sang to the children, while the fosterlings put on a show of their own.
Varsonofiy, metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga: “It is a tradition in Russia to go to foster homes and clinics for the disabled on Christmas. To share the good news of the new-born Christ! That’s why I came here today. We are keeping the old tradition alive. This, by the way, is my area!”
Vyacheslav Makarov, chairman of St. Petersburg’s Legislative Council: “In those days – when we are all feeling the Christmas joy – it is a great event that the archbishop has come here, to the kids. And they greeted him joyously. It is clear that they will be happy that they have touched this faith and will live according to the testaments. That is so important!”
This orphanage accommodates 99 fosterlings aged from 3 to 23. The metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofiy said that this visit will not be the only one over the festive period – the archbishop will also visit hospices and rest homes.