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Jan 6th - Final day of Christmas in Ireland but Happy Christmas Eve in Russia

Jan 6th - Final day of Christmas in Ireland but Happy Christmas Eve in Russia
Today , the feast of the Epiphany we remember the three Wise Men who visited Jesus
Today , the feast of the Epiphany marks the final 12th day of Christmas for us Roman Catholics . 

Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and is the time when Christians remember the three Wise Men who visited Jesus. It is one of the oldest Christian feasts and has been celebrated since the end of the second century . 
 

On entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

- Matthew 2:11

For Orthodox Catholics which number some 260 million worldwide (half of which live in Russia) , Today is Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations get into full swing at midnight tonight !!.  

Most Orthodox Catholics observe the Julian Calendar created by Julius Caesar in 45BC , their calendar is 13 days behind our Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582 . This means that for Orthodox Catholics their Christmas day falls on January 7th , 13 days after ours and their feast of the Epiphany falls on January 19th . For Orthodox Catholics , the feast of the Epiphany also celebrates the baptism of christ in the Jordan by John the Baptist while for us Roman Catholics that celebration day happens on the Sunday following the Epiphany.

Those stepping into Christmas right now as ours draws to an end include Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt and Bulgaria.

Many will celebrate the New Year on January 14 and New Year’s Eve on January 13 .  

To All of them we wish you  - A Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year .
  
Moscow : Christmas Celebrations . For Orthodox Catholics Christmas day falls on January 7th
  

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Thank You Ronan!, For a Lovely dedication to the faithful of the Orthodox Churches in their home countries and indeed living here in Ireland.

Countries celebrating include:



Russia, Israel, Egypt, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Belarus, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Georgia & Moldova.



The Armenian Apostolic Church and Lebanon, I believe celebrate on the 6th of January.



The Greek Orthodox Church officially celebrates Christmas on December 25th, but many in the Greek Orthodox Church also celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January, and indeed are joined in celebration by Greek Catholics also on the 7th of January.

There will be services held in Ireland, The UK , many parts of Europe & indeed world wide as our Orthodox Brothers & Sisters celebrate the birth of our Lord and saviour .

I consider it an honour to be able to join Ronan and others here, in wishing our Brothers and Sisters of the Orthodox Christian Churches;



A Very Happy Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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happy christmas to all our brothers in the Orthodox Catholic church from ireland
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wish i was in russia celebrating christmas tonight . if we could get dual religion , half orthodox and half roman catholic , we could have it both ways , an extended christmas . wouldn't that be great . i really miss christmas when its over , it goes very fast.
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