October 7, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 3

Choir Sophia Returns to Sing at St. Mary's Mass

Beautiful music heard at Boston College this week emanates from a remote city where Russian prisoners once were sent to disappear.

The youth and children's Choir Sophia that sings at a Byzantine Catholic Mass at St. Mary's Chapel on Oct. 9 is from Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia, once a veritable gulag called the Secret City where, during Czarist times, Lenin and Trotsky were exiled, and under Stalin, the Soviets hid their nuclear physicists. The city 1,500 miles from the Arctic Ocean and 1,500 from the Pacific now is home to nearly a million people.

The Choir Sophia conducted by Olga Roussakova sings the Divine Liturgy of John Chrysostom for the Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist, John the Theologian, this Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's. The Mass in the Byzantine rite will be offered by Rev. James Morris of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Salem, with the homily given by Romanian Catholic Rev. Michael Moisin of St. Joseph Byzantine Mission.

Saturday's performance will be the second of the week at BC by the choir, which offered a program of Russian Orthodox music at St. Mary's yesterday. The group currently is in the midst of an American tour. Their schedule is on the Web at

The visit to BC is the group's second. The choir sang at a Russian Orthodox vespers service at St. Mary's on a previous visit in February 2000.

-Mark Sullivan

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