Holy Qurobo on Christmas Eve – Damascus 2016

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 25/12/16 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of Christmas Eve at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. The Holy Qurobo was celebrated by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, assisted by Very Rev. Raban ...

HOLY UNCTION AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

On the afternoon of Monday, the 23rd of December 2014/5th of January 2015, the day before Christmas Eve, the Sacrament of the Holy Unction was administered at the Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen. This holy Sacrament, preparing the faithful for the feast of Christmas, was led by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, and had ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas Eve

25/12/13 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks one of the biggest holidays – the Christmas Eve on Tuesday. Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day, a widely celebrated holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It is a culturally significant celebration for most of the Western world and is widely observed as a full or ...

Estonian Orthodox Church Marks Christmas as Holiday Celebrations Wind Down

7/1/13 Tallinn's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral held its first-ever nighttime service on Christmas Eve, celebrated on January 6 in accordance with the Julian Calendar. Meanwhile, Tallinners honoring the Western calendar marked the end of winter celebrations with the revival of a medieval ritual - the burning of the Black Heads Guild's Christmas tree. In previous years, Russian tourists have ...

Orthodox believers celebrate Epiphany

Associated Press - 6/1/2013 SOFIA, Bulgaria — Thousands of young men leapt into icy rivers and lakes across eastern Europe on Sunday to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. By tradition, a wooden cross is cast into the water and it is believed that the person who retrieves it will ...

The Copts and Christmas

By Michael Adel -29/12/12 Amidst Egypt's political turmoil and the recent approval of the country's draft constitution, millions of Christians across Egypt are preparing to celebrate Christmas as usual this year under the shadow of Islamist rule. Egypt's churches have invited all the Copts to attend the celebrations as usual, and Pope Tawadros II, the head of ...

Tadic sends message of peace to all citizens in Kosovo-Metohija

Tanjug 8/1/2012 "Serbs, Albanians and representatives of the international community alike, we need to understand what is our existence and what is our role, which is to understand each other, to support each other, to provide a safe life for the children who will come after us, regardless of faith, regardless of nationality," Tadic said in a ...

Dozens of Copts protest Pope’s Christmas Eve invitation to Salafis

30/12/2011 Dozens of Coptic youth staged a protest inside Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on Friday against Pope Shenouda's invitation to Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood to attend the Christmas Eve Mass on 7 January, Al-Ahram state-run newspaper said on its website Friday. Pope Shenouda sent invitations for all political factions to attend the Christmas Eve Mass ...

When Christmas Doesn’t Fall on Dec. 25

A procession is held at St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church during Christmas mass on January 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.

By ELIZABETH DIAS | @elizabethjdias 25/12/2011 Here’s one Christmas surprise you didn’t expect: Christmas is actually on January 7. At least it is for some 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide. Unlike the Western Church—made up of Protestants and Catholics—traditional Eastern Christians follow the old Julius Caesar calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the more ...

US tells Egypt to bring Christmas Eve killers to Justice

By Aaron J Leichman, Christian Post 19/9/2010 The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has called on Egypt’s government to resume the trial of three men charged with the murder of seven people in a small southern Egypt town on Christmas Eve. Since February, court proceedings have been postponed numerous times, and USCIRF is pressing the government to ...