ON JANUARY 7 CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ACCORDING TO JULIAN CALENDAR

6 January 2016, 21:42 | Religious holidays and traditions | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Різдво.jpgAll Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, most Ukrainian Evangelical Christians and Jerusalem, Russian, Serbian, and Georgian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7. This day is an official public holiday in Ukraine.

The decision to celebrate Christmas on December 25 was made at Ephesus (Third Ecumenical) Church Council in the year 431.

A key role in implementing a separate Christmas celebration in the East was played by three Eastern Church Fathers: St. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Under the influence of St. Gregory the Theologian this feast was introduced in Constantinople. In Jerusalem, Christmas was celebrated with Epiphany up to 634. In the fourth century Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, built a church in Bethlehem.

In Ukraine, Eastern rite Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7, December 25 according to the Julian calendar — the official date of birth of Jesus. The integral feature of the celebration of Christmas in Ukraine is carol singing, which glorifies the newborn Christ. Carolers go from house to house, proclaiming the good news — the birth of Christ. In all the churches festive Christmas Liturgies are celebrated. The whole family gathers at the holiday table. The greeting words during the Christmas season are "Christ is Born! Glorify Him!"

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    • Linda Knox | 27 June 2016, 15:32

      That’s your only complaint that Catholics were not singled out? You must have a limited understanding about the importance of the Encyclical and a lot of free time on your hands. Perhaps you should

    • pavloosh | 27 June 2016, 14:23

      "In particular, she addresses an appeal to governments in that region to protect the Christian populations – Orthodox, Ancient Eastern and other Christians – who have survived in the cradle of

    • Georgio | 26 June 2016, 17:05

      Враховуючи те, що на останньому архієрейському соборі УПЦКП було допущено можливість існування в рамках автономії, такий сценарій має місце. Поживемо побачимо.

    • Игил | 24 June 2016, 22:01

      Не дає!

    • Ігор Мицько | 24 June 2016, 13:51

      Чи це дає можливість легалізації канонічности УПЦ КП.

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