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An award-winning girls' song and dance group from Poland visited Buffalo August 6, 2010 with a performance at Corpus Christi Church. The name of the ensemble is Ychtis (from the Greek word for fish). The group specializes in religious songs. Among their repertoire is music based on the poetry of the late Fr. Jan Twardowski, one of Poland's beloved poets. They also sing songs about the former Polish city of Lwów, which has a warm place in the hearts of many Poles even though it is now in Ukraine.

The group has been in existence for 15 years and is based in the city of Katowice in the industrial region of Silesia.

Ychtis' mission is to give young people with difficult family situations the opportunity to develop their inner and outer talents through song and dance. Ychtis has appeared on Television and toured Europe where they have won first place in a number of contests.
ks. Jan Twardowski, Warsaw (Poland), March 2000
"Love people before it's too late: they're gone so quickly.' 

- Father Jan Twardowski
 This was their second visit to Buffalo and other cities in North America, where, in addition to Buffalo they will perform in Chicago, Cleveland, Yonkers, Newark as well as a number of cities in Canada.

CLICK HERE to visit the Ychtis website.
You can view the entire Ychtis performance at Corpus Christi HERE.

Corpus Christi Church is located in Buffalo, NY on Clark St. between Broadway and Memorial, one block from the Broadway Market.
 Why "Ychtis"?
When threatened by Romans in the first centuries after Christ, Christians used the fish mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes. According to one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they were in good company.

Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. Hence the fish, unlike, say, the cross, attracted little suspicion, making it a perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers. So the early Christians made practical use of this symbol for practical convenience. It is somewhat similar to the use in our days of bumper-sticker and business-card practice to be recognised by strangers, although we are not yet under persecution.

As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, (ICTYS) i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, using the Greek word for fish "ichthys." The Greek word Ichthus (Iota Chi Theta Upsilon Sigma), pronounced ich-thoos, upper case: and lower case: , is the word used throughout the New Testament for the English word fish.
Ychtis: Lwów Folk Song 
Ychtis: Lwów Folk Song 

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