16. August 2024 21:00

Põlva Maarja Kirik

16 August at 21.00


Church of St. Mary in Põlva

Aramaic Psalms “Beyond the Stars”

Archimandrite Serafim & The Monastery of 13 Holy Assyrian Fathers Choir (Georgia).

13 Holy Assyrian Fathers is what the monk-missionaries who arrived from Mesopotamia in Georgia in the 6th century for the purpose of preaching their faith were called. The church tradition describes 19 missionaries who arrived, and the number 13 appears to be symbolic. In any case, the monks and their disciples established several monasteries in Georgia, all named after the Holy Assyrian Fathers.

Archimandrite Serafim Bit-Haribi is of Assyrian descent and like the aforementioned monks, he serves in Georgia, primarily at the Assyrian Orthodox Church in the village of Dzveli Kanda. At the age of 45, Serafim is reportedly one of the few priests who still conduct liturgies in Aramaic, the historical language spoken and preached in by Jesus Christ.

Serafim’s suggestive singing and the heavenly beautiful sound of his choir leave no one cold. As a result, Assyrian Orthodox prayers and psalms have left the church and monastery walls, reaching YouTube, Spotify, records and concert halls all over the world. In August, these sacred songs will return to their rightful place – St. Mary’s Church in Põlva, to ceremoniously open a festival that is part of the main programme of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, and one of the flagship events in Põlva – the Celebration of the Heavenly Grounds festival.

For more information:

The festival is part of the main programme of the European Capital of Culture Tartu2024.

The event is supported by the European Capital of Culture Tartu2024, Coop Põlva, Põlva County Local Authorities Association, Põlva municipality.

Organised by Põlva Cultural Centre in cooperation with Orient Eastern Music Festival.

Ticket: 50€ on sale at Piletilevi and Piletilevi outlets.

* Piletilevi outlets are located in Põlva: Maksimarket, Selver, Circkle K.