The Russian president noted the huge and unique role of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations in reviving high moral values and preserving rich historic and cultural heritage
Source: TASS: Society & Culture – Putin congratulates Russians on Christmas
Wishing all our Eastern Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters, in Russia and elsewhere, a holy and blessed Feast of the Nativity!
And may I also express my fervent wish that the political and other elites of the Western world – in both Europe and America – placed a similarly high priority of “reviving high moral values and preserving rich historic and cultural heritage.”
In Pictures: Orthodox Christmas celebrations
Source: In Pictures: Orthodox Christmas celebrations
For us in the West, using the Gregorian calendar, today is the Feast of the Epiphany; but for our Eastern Orthodox Christian friends – in Russia and elsewhere – who still use the Julian reckoning, today is Christmas Eve! Wishing all of them blessings on this Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rejoice! Christ, our Saviour, is born!
Source: Wassailing through History on the Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site
‘Tis the season of Wassail, a custom which for hundreds of years has been linked with the Midwinter holidays — Christmas (Yuletide) and, more recently, New Year’s. Here is a reasonably detailed, yet readable and (to me at least) quite fascinating historical discussion of the custom, courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation!
While all things were in quiet silence, and night was in the midst of her swift course, thine Almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from Heaven, out of thy royal throne. Alleluia! (traditional Christmas antiphon)
O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ, our Saviour, is born! Alleluia!
Wishing all my readers a merry, holy, and blessed Christmas.
St. Luke’s account of the Incarnation of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the words of our ancient ancestors.