In Pictures: Orthodox Christmas celebrations

admin | 08 January 2013

Most Orthodox Christian churches celebrate Christmas on 7 January. Here, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, crosses himself on Christmas Eve in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Pope Tawadros II leads Midnight Mass at Cairo’s main cathedral, January 6, 2013.

Ethiopian Christian Orthodox women attend Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral, in Cairo.

People attend ceremonial burning of dried oak branches in Sabac, west of Belgrade

Christmas service in town of Verbovichi, south-east of Minsk. 6 Jan 2013

Russian Patriarch Kirill led a Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

Fireworks formed part of the celebrations outside the new Orthodox Church of the Nativity in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox boy holds a candle as he attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios Church in Gaza City, 7 January 2013

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible -,, and Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.

Related articles
Christmas Before Jesus’ Birth

All of us – I hope – are familiar with the true meaning of Christmas: the…

Keep Christ in Christmas … by…

First of all: DON’T PANIC. This article is not an attempt to suggest that you or…

Nativity Interview with Patriarch Kirill: On…

On January 7, 2014, the station Rossiia televised an interview with His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of…