Saturday, January 07, 2006

...And Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to our friends who are under the Julian calendar ("Old Calendarists"), particularly our Western Rite friends: Fr. James Deschene of Christminster Monastery in Rhode Island and everyone associated with St. Petroc's Monastery and its attached missions in Tasmania.

How is today Christmas? Some Orthodox use the Julian calendar, which is now 13 days "behind" the Gregorian calendar. Hence, December 25 does not fall until our secular January 7. The Copts, too, maintain the old calendar for Christmas. Most Orthodox Churches in North America use the "Revised Julian" calendar, so they celebrate Christmas on our familiar December 25. (Here's an article on the topic by Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology professor Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos.)

Whatever calendar you use, have a very Merry Christmas!

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Blogger Fr Matthew said...

Slight correction. Dr. Patsavos is the esteemed professor of canon law at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is very much a layman.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Duly notes and changed.

12:40 AM  

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