13th Annual National Festival of Orthodox Albanian Youth
Adding to the beautiful atmosphere created by the
Christmas feast, on December 26th the Orthodox
youth from the four dioceses of Albania
participated in the National Youth Festival
organized by the Orthodox Central Youth Office,
under the care of the Archbishop of Tirana,
Durrës and All Albania, Archbishop Anastasios.
This activity was held in the hall near the
Church of the Annunciation in Tirana and the
groups presented, with new creativity, songs,
traditional dances, and folk songs from their regions.
Archbishop Anastasios, the Metropolitan of
Berati, Ignati, the assistant bishops of His
Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios, His Grace Nikola
and His Grace Andoni were in attendance, together
with the clergy, youth and believers from various parts of Albania.
Youthful enthusiasm was present in every moment of this activity.
The first place was taken by a group of the
ecclesiastical Lyceum Holy Cross in Sukth
Durrës, but as the chairman of the jury Prof.
Milton Vako said, all were winners in this festival.
At the end of the event, His Beatitude Archbishop
Anastasios, among other things, reminded once
again the youth of the four pillars on which they
should base their activities: 1. Study, increase
in knowledge of Christ, 2. Friendship, 3. Testimony, 4. Service.
The National Youth Festival is an activity that
takes place every year in Tirana, in order to
give young people the opportunity to meet and get
to know each other in the name of Christ and to display their artistic talents.
Translated by Anastasia Pamela Barksdale