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Sung by the psaltic choir of the Romanian Patriarchy
About Orthodox Christianity
Bishop Christodoulos of the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church discusses the purpose of Orthodox Christian prayer.
“This is a video I made about our awesome Orthodoxy. This video goes through a lot of different Christian Orthodox churches from all around the world. Some pictures of Christian Orthodox churches are from nations like Serbia, Greece, Russia, Syria, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Jordan, India, Japan, Ethiopia and lots more…Also, some famous Christian Orthodox individuals!”
This video presents some sights and sounds of the Orthodox Church.
“Photos that I found of the Orthodox Church in Mexico. The music is chanted by the Choir of St. Georges Cathedral in Mexico.”
When do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas?
That depends upon the country, or in the US, the archdiocese. There are several different Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States. This is for historical reasons – they were founded here at different times by missionaries and immigrants from Orthodox Christian countries. While each jurisdiction is in communion with the others in terms of doctrine and religious observance, each jurisdiction preserves its own customs inherited from its country of origin. These include traditional celebrations of holidays and saints’ days, liturgy and music in different languages, foods served on feast days, and so forth.
It is important to point out that one need not be a member of any particular ethnic group to attend services or to join. Everyone is welcome, without regard to race, color, or national origin.
One of the major differences is the use of the old (Julian) calendar versus the new (Gregorian) calendar to determine when feast days are to be celebrated. The Orthodox faith is decentralized to the extent that this is a matter for each jurisdiction to decide. For instance, the Serbian Orthodox Church uses the old calendar, so that December 25 in the old calendar falls on January 7 in the new calendar (the calendar that we use every day for secular purposes). The Greek Orthodox Church, the Antiochian Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), all celebrate Christmas according to the new calendar (December 25).
The Icon of the Nativity of Our Lord
Interpretation of the Nativity Icon:
- Icons Explained: Icon of the Nativity of Our Lord – Novgorod School, 15th Century
- OCA Life in Christ Articles: Light into Darkness, by the Very Rev. John Breck
- Christmas hymns in the Orthodox Church
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: Our Faith
- Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America On the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, December 25, 2007
- Astronomers Theory on Star of Bethlehem
- The Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ – From the Prologue
- Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
- Eternal God: A Little Child
- Icons Explained: A Guide to Byzantine Icons on the Internet
- The Orthodox Faith by Thomas Hopko – read online or purchase paperback
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