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Patriarchs arrive in Bethlehem for Orthodox Christmas
Published Monday 06/01/2014 (updated) 08/01/2014 16:44
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian patriarchs arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to commence the celebration of Eastern Orthodox Christmas, which takes place on Tuesday.

The Assyrian patriarch was first to arrive, followed by the Coptic Patriarch and Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, while the Ethiopian patriarch is expected to arrive later.

Most Eastern Orthodox Christian denominations celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on January 7th, in contrast to the Western Christian tradition of celebrating on December 25.

Armenian denominations, meanwhile, celebrate Christmas on January 6th.

The Eastern Orthodox date is in accordance with the Julian calendar, which predates the current Gregorian calendar.

The majority of Palestinian Christians are Greek Orthodox and follow the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which celebrates Christmas on Tuesday.

There are around 200,000 Palestinian Christians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and inside Israel, while hundreds of thousands more live abroad as well.



















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1 ) Mel / USA
06/01/2014 17:27
Oh my goodness! Christian Zionists,Evangelicals,Dispensationalists,Absolutists,Israel's Zionist SS,will be frothing at the mouth &posting more DONOR checks to illegal colonist Zionist thugs to stake their'Armageddo'claim on Palestine & Israel?
We love you Palestine regardless of your faith or even if Jesus was born in March,April,May??? Merry mass of Christ!

2 ) Rene / US
07/01/2014 02:48
Love to Palestine at Christmas. We entreat for the day of peace and justice.

3 ) Jootoo / UK
07/01/2014 09:40
@1 Persecuted in Israel, you do write a load of bollocks. Christians in Israel are the only community living among Muslims that are actually thriving and growing in number. Compare that to those struggling Christian communities in Malaysia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Have you ever tried praying openly in an organised church in Saudi Arabia?

4 ) Florence N / United Kingdom
07/01/2014 22:52
Happy Christmas to all Palestinian Christians. Enjoy your celebrations. Thank you Ma'an for the pictures, very nice to look at.
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