Millions of Orthodox Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on the night of January 6th

This video is from 2012.

Millions of Orthodox Christians across the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on the night of January 6th, in accordance with the Julian calendar. In Moscow, hundreds of people, including the country’s leaders, are attending a Christmas service in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The mass in Russia’s central place of worship is conducted by Patriarch Kirill.

Merry Christmas to all our Christian readers.

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  1. The more I saw the celebrations live from a Russian Church, this year in 2015, in Russian Times, for more than half an hour, the more I was impressed by the simplicity and serenity of the Muslim Salat, fasting and Hajj.

    The Muslim prayer is truly about glorifying God, without any fanfare.

    But, I am happy for our Christian brethren and sisters and merry Christmas to them.

  2. Psalm 100 King James Version (KJV)

    1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

    2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

    3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

    4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

    5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

    (There is more than one appropriate way to glorify The God of Us All. Who presumes to say which is best? Do those that do also presume to know The Will of our God? To me, that would be the same thing.)

  3. Zia,
    The sarcasm is unmistakable.
    I have seen the not so simple mode of worship where worshipers during a muhammadan celebration( I think they call it ashura) inflict injuries on themselves till the blood gushes out.
    No Christian ritual comes anywhere close to that insanity.

  4. We can agree that self-mutilation of Shiite Muslims makes no sense to me. But then also read the following:

    Pope John Paul flagellated himself, new book says
    The late Pope John Paul flagellated himself regularly to emulate Christ’s suffering, a new book shows.

    The book, called “Why a Saint?” was written by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Vatican official in charge of the process that could lead to Roman Catholic sainthood for John Paul. It includes some previously unpublished documents. Many saints of the Church, including St. Francis of Assisi, St Catherine of Siena and St. Ignatius of Loyola, practiced flagellation and asceticism as part of their spiritual life.

    The book, which was published this year, reveals that even when he was not ill, he inflicted pain on himself, known in Christianity as mortification, so as to feel closer to God.

    “In Krakow as in the Vatican, Karol Wojtyla flagellated himself,” Oder writes in the book, citing testimony from people in the late pope’s close entourage while he was bishop in his native Poland and after he was elected pope in 1978.

    “In his closet, among his vestments, there was hung on a clothes hanger a particular kind of belt for pants, which he used as a whip,” Oder writes in an AP news item in February, 2010.

    Islam does not prescribe any such self infliction or self-mortification to progress in spirituality.

  5. Whatever Pope John Paul 11 and those you mentioned did cannot be described as a requirement of the Catholic Church and definitely not a Christian ritual.

  6. It is good to celebrate the birth of Jesus a.s. because Allah does not want his name to be forgotten and wiped out from the minds i.e. according to the verse of the Quran chapter 19.
    But to drink and dance is not a good way of celebration. Celebration could be in the form of remembering the good works and words of Jesus Christ and worshipping the Lord God of all (Allah) to whom Jesus referred as Father and prayed to Him. Jesus prayed to his God. We should also pray to the same God and not to Jesus or his mother or holy Ghost.
    Allah promised mother Mary before the birth of Jesus that He will make her son a remarkable, memorable person and a sign of Mercy from Allah.
    Jesus was Ayatullah, Rehmatullah, Rasoolullah, Nabiullah. He was not Ibnullah (son of Allah).
    The prophecy in the Quran chapter 19 has come true. Allah has ordained that name of Jesus should remain alive in the world because Jesus was a chosen man of God. The proof is the Calendar which is prevailing in the whole world. That is another proof of the truth of the Quran that Quran is a truly revealed book from Allah. Otherwise how could any one prophesize 1500 years ago that Allah promised such and such thing to mother Mary before she gave birth to her son Jesus?

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