For those who don’t know Christmas isn’t over but instead is just beginning, if you are an Eastern Orthodox Catholic that is.
Merry Christmas to my brothers and sisters in the East!
Christmas celebrations set for Eastern Orthodox in Bethlehem
Posted on January 6, 2014 by JNS.org.
(JNS.org) The heads of several ancient Eastern Orthodox Churches arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas.
Patriarchs from the Greek Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian churches arrived separately in various celebrated processions to Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
The Christmas celebrations come amid tremendous upheaval for many Middle East Christians— especially Christians in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq—who have come under attack from Islamic extremists.
Roughly half of the Christians in Israel belong to the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, which is part of the 16 churches that comprise the Eastern Orthodox Church.