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Merry Christmas Russia!

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January 7 is celebrated as Christmas day by millions of Orthodox Christians around the world. A midnight liturgy is scheduled for tonight at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior.  You can watch the service here. Merry Christmas to all!

9 thoughts on “Merry Christmas Russia!

  1. January 6 — Epiphany for the other Eastern Orthodox (who celebrate Christmas on Dec 25). Customs vary. In some villages in northern Rumania, tradition requires that all animals be blessed but above all the most important animal on any farm– man’s help and companion — the horse, be blessed along with its master:

    In other regions of the country the priest throws as many crosses in the water as there are volunteers who jump to retrieve them…. in the dead of winter:

    • One shows one’s love for Christ in many ways! And as you correctly point out, Ariadna, not all Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on the same day.

  2. Nice post — thank you! I don’t have two hours-plus at this time, but I was impressed by what I did see, including the ladies and gentlemen intermingled in worship (many/most ladies veiled but some seemingly not…).

    • I apologize. I believe that I should have written “with headscarves” rather than “veiled” in my comment. I’m not even sure that my use of either wording is appropriate or acceptable…not sure that it matters whether a lady covers her head with a scarf, and perhaps it was merely (partly) a function of the cold…?! There are religious, cultural and customary practices, of course, of which I’m vastly ignorant, in Russia and elsewhere, with regard to Christianity and Islam. If anyone can dispel some of my ignorance, please….

      • I’m not an expert on the Russian Orthodox faith, Robert, but I do recall the man who provided commentary on the video mentioning the tradition–women who attend Orthodox churches in Russia cover their heads in keeping with Paul’s admonition in I Corinthians chapter 11. By contrast, he was saying, women who attend Orthodox churches in the Middle East have broken with that tradition–I gathered, from what he was saying, as a way of defining themselves as being outside of the Muslim culture. So you have a funny situation where Christian women in Russia carry on the tradition, whereas Christian women in the Middle East, at least in part, have broken with it.

  3. I’ve always wanted to attend a Orthodox religious ceremony, i was confirmed in the Church of England which is quite a grand ceremony but Greek/Russian ceremonies are on another level,soo beautiful and full of history, in many ways it is all that is left of Christian Byzantium.Good stuff.

  4. Mr Guzi Spiteri,dear fellow I’m Not of a religious bent but humans will always have a Need of a spiritual life and always will,you don’t have to be part of organized religion to find spiritual commune with either god or the universe,sometimes we in the humanist community wether athiest,agnostic or other are sometimes arrogant and dismissive of the religious community, Not that I would ever accuse you of,and i do enjoy your passionate arguments on the current injustices, but it those others who rant about religion being the main cause of war and often site the crusades to shore up their assertions,when the truth is all wars about land it’s resources,_though American recent actions run counter to this premise but thats another story..

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