Celebrating Advent at the Gregorian University

The Lay Centre's student residents perform Advent  songs and Christmas carols at the Pontifical Gregorian University, 10 December. (Photo: Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O. Carm)

The Lay Centre’s student residents perform Advent songs and Christmas carols in the atrium of the Pontifical Gregorian University, 10 December. (The photo was taken by: Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O. Carm)

Posted by Filipe Domingues

The Pontifical Gregorian University has the long tradition of offering its students the opportunity to sing Advent and Christmas carols during the 15-minute breaks between classes in the week prior to Christmas break.  For the first time, our community members decided to participate. They sang songs in the three languages that are most common at the Gregorian: Italian, English and Spanish.

It was a success! The Lay Centre “band”, formed by many voices, one piano player, three guitars and several ukuleles – a typical Hawaiian instrument – really engaged the our audience. Our musicians received many compliments from their classmates.

Some of them already knew The Lay Centre, others had the chance to hear about it for the first time. Many of our good friends came to the Gregorian only to listen to the simple and joyous performance of our residents. We sincerely felt that we contributed to creating a good mood at the university in preparation for Christmas.

Video: Fr. Décio Rocco Gruppi

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