Christmas at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin
Christmas is such a special time, which enhances they joy and hope. At the same time, it forces us to reverie and reflects; it recalls the good memories of childhood. Christmas is a time in a man’s life, when he/she realizes that again something important happened. Christmas is not only the Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass, colorful Christmas tree, gifts and sumptuous table. This is a mystery which cannot be expressed in words, as it contains some Mystery that cannot be described. Everyone wants to spend this special time among loved ones. Hence, many fellowship awardees went to their families to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with them. However, more than 20 students for whatever reason were not able to fulfill this desire. They remained in Lublin to experience this unique time over here.
On Saturday, December 24, 2016, we gathered at the Christmas Eve table, prepared by students, residents and guests of the Foundation’s Home, to break the Christmas Wafer and eat Christmas Eve’s dinner. On the table were traditional meals: compote, kutia, dumplings, Ukrainian borsch with small dumplings, fish in Greek style, herrings, etc. We sang Polish and Ukrainian carols. After dinner, we went to the city to participate in the solemn Midnight Mass. On the next day, at the Foundation’s Home Chapel took place a Mass celebrated by the director Rev. Jan Strzałka. After the Eucharist, we had Christmas dinner which was also prepared by students.