Montreal: Orthodox Celebrate Christmas


The Gazette (Montreal)
January 6, 2007 Saturday
Final Edition

It’s Christmas this weekend for thousands of Montrealers – Greeks,
Ukrainians, Russians, Armenians, Serbs and Copts – who follow the
Julian calendar.

The Armenians mark Christmas today and the others tomorrow; masses and
special services are being held at a dozen local Orthodox churches
and cathedrals and five Ukrainian Catholic churches. Of all the
communities, Greeks are the only one split on when to celebrate:
The vast majority marked Christmas Dec. 25, abiding by the Gregorian
calendar used by most of the Christian world. Romanian Orthodox
Christians also mark Christmas on Dec. 25.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS