Monday, January 06, 2014

Merry Julian Calendar Christmas!

Some Eastern Rite Christians (whether they be united with Rome or part of the somewhat loose Eastern Communion) use the Julian Calendar to mark Christmas.  That makes "December 25th" land on January 7th using the papal made Gregorian Calendar.  From Wikipedia:

Eastern Orthodox national churches, including those of Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and the Greek Patriarchate of Jerusalem mark feasts using the older Julian calendar. December 25 on the Julian calendar currently corresponds to January 7 on the internationally used Gregorian calendar. However, other Orthodox Christians, such as the churches of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Antioch, Alexandria, Albania, Finland, and the Orthodox Church in America, among others, began using the Revised Julian calendar in the early 20th century, which corresponds exactly to the Gregorian calendar
Either way: Merry Christmas! 

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