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Today, January 7, is the Orthodox Christmas
A woman walks past the Orthodox Svyato-Nikolsky church in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
The Orthodox Christmas is today, January 7
From the Jersulem Maan News Agency in the Middle East, Bethlehem prepares for the Orthodox Christmas.
Here are pictures of Orthodox Christmas celebrations throughout the world.
And many more, from Al Jezeera:
President Vladimir Putin celebrates Christmas at Holy Trinity St George Monastery in Sochi, Russia. It is an Orthodox tradition to go to church Christmas eve and celebrate the divine liturgy past midnight through the early morning hours of Christmas day.
Christmas in Ethiopia, with a fast beforehand for advent (Sibket, in Amharic).
The Christian Post explains the difference in dates:
Christmas ornaments in Russia are made by hand.
Moscow Catholics at the Russian Christmas Midnight Mass.
Russian Orthodox Christmas and Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank:
The Russian Chjristmas Eve ceremony (January 6) in Moscow. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attends the ceremony.
An Orthodox Christmas parade today, January 7, 2013, in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country, not the state):
Other views of Christmas from around the world.
Russian Patriarch Krill addresses Russians on Orthodox Christmas day (January 7).
I will also post just one of many beautiful pieces on the net, Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31, "The Mercy of Peace", and I will especially dedicate this to the suffering of Syrians in the Middle East and the dreadful fighting in the Congo.
These are pictures of recent events in Russia, including Kazansky Cathedral in St. Petersburg.