16.5 C
Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Popular Now

Ukrainian church rejects Zelensky’s ‘new’ Christmas

Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church news
Christmas celebrations at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra in 2022. © Sputnik.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church says it will continue to celebrate the holiday on January 7.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) has announced it will not follow President Vladimir Zelensky’s order to mark Christmas Day on December 25, in line with the Western Christian tradition.

On Friday, Zelensky signed a decree aligning the celebrations of one of the main Christian holidays with the Gregorian calendar. Ukraine has historically marked the birth of Christ on January 7, in accordance with the Julian calendar.

Metropolitan Kliment, spokesperson for the UOC – which has historic ties with the Russian Orthodox Church – told the Strana.ua website on Saturday: “It’s absolutely guaranteed that the vast majority of Ukrainians of various religious denominations will celebrate the next Christmas the same way they did before. Of course, one could have hoped that those people and their traditions would be respected. But we’ve got what we’ve got.”

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, voted to cancel the annual public holiday on January 7.

Kliment argued that politicians who justified moving Christmas to December 25 “as a departure from the Russian tradition… had inaccurate or incomplete information.”

Marking Christmas on January 7 “does not follow the Russian tradition, but the calendar tradition of the Church in Jerusalem, where the holiest shrines of Christianity are located. There, all the main holidays of the Orthodox Church are, to this day, celebrated in line with the Julian calendar,” he said.

The custom of marking the birth of Christ on December 25 originated in Turkish Orthodox Christianity, the cleric explained. “It’s hard for me to say why the members of parliament decided that the Turkish traditions are closer to the Ukrainian people than those of Jerusalem and Bethlehem,” he added.

Ukraine has been experiencing religious tensions for years, with two entities claiming to be the country’s true Orthodox Church. Zelensky’s government recognises the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), which was created in 2014 and is considered to be schismatic by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Since the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Kiev’s authorities and activists have been seizing UOC’s places of worship and handing them over to the government-backed OCU. Among other things, OCU monks have been evicted from the country’s holiest Orthodox site, the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.

One of the leaders of the canonical church, Metropolitan Pavel, was placed under house arrest in April on accusations of harboring pro-Russian sentiment. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that he should be put in custody.

The non-canonical OCU has already confirmed that it is moving Christmas celebrations to December 25, and entirely switching to the Gregorian calendar.

Promoted Content

Source:RT News

No login required to comment. Name, email and web site fields are optional. Please keep comments respectful, civil and constructive. Moderation times can vary from a few minutes to a few hours. Comments may also be scanned periodically by Artificial Intelligence to eliminate trolls and spam.


  1. In pagan history

    december 25th is the shortest and darkest day of the year

    January 6th is when the days start to lengthen

    Both days have been celebrated through centuries, and long before christianity.

    Zelensky is a desparate idiot

  2. The Catholic Church is working hand-in-hand with the Zionists in the attempt to blend all religions into the New World Order Religious Beast.
    NWO Global Religion Merger- operates out of the Vatican.
    NWO Financial System (initially set-up by displaced Khazarian and AshkeNAZI J3w$); the City of London’.
    NWO Enforcement Entity; Washington DC under the direction of an all-J3wi$h Biden Cabinet.
    The last true bastion of secure Orthodox Christianity is in Russia, and the Satanic BEAST System wants all of Russia’s land and resources (see the break-up map…) and all Russian Orthodox Christians DEAD!!!
    Vladimir Putin will never allow what happened in 1914-1917, and what happened int the Ukraine in 2014 to ever happen again!!
    The Russians are NOT the ‘bad guys’ here, and were lied to via the fake Minsk Agreement, delayed in responding to Russian proposals, and threatened with attack by J3wi$h-influenced NATO , so Putin had to act last year!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here




Daily Life


broken clouds
12.7 ° C
13.9 °
11.6 °
86 %
75 %
12 °
11 °
12 °
12 °
12 °