The proposal to move celebration of Christmas to December 25 is an attempt to split Ukrainian society, UOC MP Archbishop Luka says

4 January 2016, 11:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 5 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

new_image4_121-199x300.jpgAt a press conference with the journalists of Zaporizhia, Archbishop Luka of Zaporizhia and Melitopol expressed his opinion on the proposal to move the celebration of the Nativity of Christ from January 7 to December 25, reports the Information Department of UOC MP with reference to the Reporter-ua.com website.

According to archbishop, the celebration of the Birth of Christ on this date is an ancient tradition for Orthodox Christians and it would be meaningless to move the feast-day allegedly for European integration. It is an attempt to split the Ukrainian society.

“This is the tradition by which we live. If we move the festival, then we will lose our tradition and will not acquire a new one. The people are seeking to split our society. This idea is not from God. Our Church lives according to its own calendar, and we will continue to celebrate according to our own calendar. Again the society is being divided into “friends” and “aliens”, into “black” and “white”,” Archbishop Luka noted.

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  • Frank Sysyn | 5 January 2016, 11:34
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    For those interested in the calendar question, I suggest they look at the article by Oleh Pavlyshyn (chiefly dealing with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic church in the 20th century but also dealing with the Orthodox churches) in Martin Schulze Wessel and Frank Sysyn, eds. Religion,Nation,and Secularization in Ukraine. Edmonton-Toronto, CIUS Press, 2015 www.ciuspress.com The article also appeared in the last issue of the Journal of Ukrainian Studies

  • Frank Sysyn | 4 January 2016, 15:36
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    The Jerusalem Patriarchate also keeps the Julian calendar

    • Frank Sysyn | 4 January 2016, 20:43
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      To my knowledge all parishes of the UOC in the USA celebrate Easter on the Old calendar (or the revised Julian). I knew a few parishes celebrated Christmas on it but did not know the figure was 20%. The Church is general is on the Julian calendar. It has been interesting to see that after the calendar wars of the 1960s and 1970s many parishes of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the US now accommodate Old calendar Christmas (I believe about 50% of those in New Jersey) Canada followed a much more moderate and liberal policy that allowed retention of the Old Calendar and avoided teh turmoil in the US

  • Frank Sysyn | 4 January 2016, 14:31
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    The Ukrainian OrthodoxChurches of Canada and the US under the Constantinople Patriarchate also keep the Julian calendar

    • Matvi316 | 4 January 2016, 18:58
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      Frank that is not true (at least in the UOCUSA) Many parishes, maybe up to 20% of the UOCofUSA celebrate Christmas and Easter according to the Gregorian Calendar. I can provide links to the specific parishes if you would like....

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  • BBC | 1 December 2016, 11:06

    З якого це часу Шевчук став "патріархом"?? Щось не пригадую такого указу з Ватикану....

  • Леонтій | 30 November 2016, 16:37

    Наскільки мені відомо, це гасло - "Україна понад усе" - є офіційним девізом телеканалу "5-й канал", що належить чинному президенту, а також Нацгвардії України. Дійсно: досить

  • Оленка | 30 November 2016, 15:42

    Це тільки для мене нонсенс?? Іконостас, увінчаний трибузом??? То хто тут є БОГ? Не дарма більшість послідовників УПЦ КП волають "Україна понад усе!" Тут Бог - це держава, а не Пресвята

  • BBC | 30 November 2016, 15:39

    Розкольники храми захоплюють, а Турчинов заявляє немає конфліктів.....Хочеться запитати: а голова на плечах у вас взагалі є "слуги народу", ну будь те ж врешті-решт хоч трохи

  • Леонтій | 30 November 2016, 14:59

    А откуда эта инфа, что ему (представителю "УПЦ" МП), дескать, "слово не дали"?! А он его просил? И вообще: присутствовал ли на этом "экуменическом партсобрании"? А вот

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