Christmas in Eastern Orthodox Church: Facts & Details

Sputniknews - 7/1/17 While most commonly Christmas is celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, on December 25, the Eastern Orthodox Church observes the holiday using the old Julian calendar, on January 7. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of those celebrating Eastern Orthodox Christmas on January 7 live in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, ...

Head of Russian Orthodox Church Congratulates Believers With Christmas Day

Sputniknews - 7/1/17 Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has congratulated Orthodox Christians with Christmas. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Patriarch Kirill congratulated Orthodox Christians after a midnight service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "With all my heart I congratulate you with the great life-saving holiday of Christmas. On this day, especially the believers ...

Putin Attends Orthodox Christmas Service at Yuriev Monastery in Veliky Novgorod

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Sputniknews - 7/1/17 Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking part in an Orthodox Christmas service at St. George’s (Yuriev) Monastery in Russia’s Veliky Novgoro VELIKY NOVGOROD (Sputnik) – The midnight mass was held at the monastery’s Spassky Cathedral. After the service, Putin went to see the St. George's Cathedral of the Yuriev Monastery. The Russian leader usually celebrates ...

The Hegumeness of St. Xenia Orthodox Convent Stabbed to Death in Belarus

Translated by Nadezhda Filipchik for OCP News Service – 7/1/17 +Memory Eternal+ On the 5th of January Mother Vasilissa, hegumeness of the St. Xenia of Petersburg convent (Belarus), was stabbed to death in her monastery. The tragedy is being inquired by the Belarusian Investigative Committee. It is reported that the hegumeness was stabbed by a 29-year-old woman who had ...

Belarussian Orthodox Christian Youth Prepares for the ‘Big Ball’ Event

Translated by Nadezhda Filipchik for OCP News Service – 6/01/17 On the 15th of January, young Orthodox Christians in Belarusians will gather in the capital city of Minsk to take part in one of the greatest cultural events of the year - the 9th Minsk ball of Orthodox Christian youth, also known as "The pearls of ...