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Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:28:09 AM »
Photos of Orthodox Christian Nativity Celebrations Worldwide. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas mainly on 25th of December, 6th and 7th of January.

2010/2011


http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2011/01/orthodox-nativity-celebrations-worldwide-snaps/

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 09:37:36 AM »
Some videos of Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the Middle East:

Basilica of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem with hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1raVrHi1ns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7N5v_7jQZI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c1GVWxKcCU


Cathedral of Saint George, Beirut, Lebanon. Metropolitan Elias (Aoude) of Beirut, Patriarchate of Antioch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBcjhAoY100


Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Dubai, UAE, Antiochian Archdiocese of Baghdad, Kuwait and the Persian gulf:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfQbmkE9d8A

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 07:45:53 PM »
Here are pictures I took this morning

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57543147@N04/sets/72157625646232707/

Thanks for posting! A blessed Christmas to you and yours!

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 11:19:06 PM »
Merry Christmas to you and all as well.

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 01:27:56 AM »
What the heck is that weird Santa doing in the Indian Orthodox church??  It looks like their at the altar, but surely not...

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2011, 02:15:15 AM »
What the heck is that weird Santa doing in the Indian Orthodox church??  It looks like their at the altar, but surely not...

They tend to have characteristically poor aesthetic sensibilities. I've seen many videos of blinking "Christmas" type lights around and above the altar as well, and also face-microphones like at a Garth Brooks concert.

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2011, 02:19:55 AM »



I don't think they are at the altar.  They are cutting a Christmas cake, which I don't think is something you would find at an altar.  Also, Indian altars, like Armenian altars, have steps on them ("gradines.")  The table they are at is flat.  It seems to be a post liturgy celebration of some sort.
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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2011, 06:52:48 AM »
Looks to me like the altar - and so what! They look like they've celebrated the Liturgy and are having a good time. Before we judge other cultures' aesthetic sensibilities we should first look at the impact in their faces. The joy of the Nativity is there to be seen. When people of other cultures do things with a sense of irony it seems to get lost on the "developed" world.

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2011, 07:16:51 AM »



I don't think they are at the altar.  They are cutting a Christmas cake, which I don't think is something you would find at an altar.  Also, Indian altars, like Armenian altars, have steps on them ("gradines.")  The table they are at is flat.  It seems to be a post liturgy celebration of some sort.

Nope thats not the altar, .. And yes this is shot after the liturgy.
I will post a pic to clear it up for you


See the table ,its well below the altar, just not so evident in the other photograph. But this is how its arranged in all Malankara churces.
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 07:18:22 AM »
What the heck is that weird Santa doing in the Indian Orthodox church?? 

Well..the same reason why there are Santa's elsewhere. ;D


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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2011, 10:38:37 AM »
Looks to me like the altar - and so what! They look like they've celebrated the Liturgy and are having a good time. Before we judge other cultures' aesthetic sensibilities we should first look at the impact in their faces. The joy of the Nativity is there to be seen. When people of other cultures do things with a sense of irony it seems to get lost on the "developed" world.

You echo my sentiments. One of my biggest gripes growing up in the Church is how quick some are to proclaim a superior attitude about their particular view of what the Church is or how her Holy Traditions, as well as secular ones, are to be expressed. All of us (excepting our Armenian old calendar brothers) have now observed the Nativity and we will soon approach the Sunday of Zacchaeus, the beginning of the Triodon and the Great Fast. it is a good time to reflect on the scripture readings of the Sundays leading up to the Fast. Christmas Greetings indeed to all of our fellow believers in India and around the world!

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2011, 11:28:37 AM »
Very nice pictures kazakage.


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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2011, 01:35:12 PM »
Photos of Orthodox Christian Nativity Celebrations Worldwide. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas mainly on 25th of December, 6th and 7th of January.

2010/2011


http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2011/01/orthodox-nativity-celebrations-worldwide-snaps/



EOs and OOs from Antioch are switched.

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2011, 03:00:19 PM »


I noticed that.  The above picture is identified as coming from an EO celebration, but it is clearly an Armenian altar.  Still, the collection of photos in that link is very impressive.

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2011, 03:14:12 PM »
Pictures from the Ethiopian celebration of Nativity, which took place yesterday:

http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2011/01/ethiopian-orthodox-nativity-celebrations-exclusive-snaps/

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2011, 01:33:09 PM »


The BBC gave us our own photo album!

Yippy!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12128728

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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2011, 02:56:26 AM »
For all tour kind information. At present there are three Oriental Orthodox Churches in Indian. Indian, Syrian and Armenian. The pic of the priest cutting the cake belongs to the Syrian Orthodox Church in India which is under the Patriarchate of Anthioch and All East and their local primate in India is Catholicos of India and metropolitan Trustee.  Whereas the Indian Orthodox Church is under Catholicate of the East and Her Primate is Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan. The Syrian Orthodox And Indian Orthodox share the relation very similar to that exist between the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches.
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Re: Orthodox Nativity Celebrations Worldwide – Snaps
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2011, 06:30:16 AM »
Armenians in Lebanon celebrate Christmas. Catholicosate of Cilicia, Antelias, Lebanon. Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuQrWyLTIac

Russians in Damascus celebrate Christmas, 7 January 2011. Russian church of St. Ignatius of Antioch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&v=uhQNqo2AnGU

Orthodox in Gaza celebrate Christmas, 7 January 2011. Orthodox church of St. Porphyrius, Gaza City. Archbishop Alexios of Gaza, Patriarchate of Jerusalem:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqTveTN-fSc