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A friend sent me this link to a collection of very nice photos entitled "Orthodox Christmas":

http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/396048?slide=1

[Yes, I know that it should be "Julian Calendar Christmas" but that is their title.]

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Just a question - which Eastern Churches follow the Julian Calendar today?

My list includes: Russian Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholics (largely in Ukraine and eastern Canada), Georgian Orthodox, Jerusalem Patriarchate, Old Calendarist jurisdictions in Greece and elsewhere, Oriental Orthodox of the Alexandrian tradition and . . . who else?

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Carpatho-Rusyns (60% of ACROD)

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To Alex: Belarusians and Old Believers, of course. I could be wrong, but I think the Slovak Greek Catholics in Canada are new style. I'm not sure either about the Rusnaks in Canada, i.e., those from the Serbian province of Voivodina, who are Greek Catholics, but use Church Slavonic and speak a language which is really an archaic form of East Slovak, written in the Cyrillic.
To Job: who are the other 40% of ACROD? I know there are some Hungarians and Slovaks, but I would suspect their number might not be that high.

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Interesting post, here's an article regarding Nativity Liturgy in Jerusalem:

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Christmas-is-here-yet-again-386813

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To Alex: Belarusians and Old Believers, of course. I could be wrong, but I think the Slovak Greek Catholics in Canada are new style. I'm not sure either about the Rusnaks in Canada, i.e., those from the Serbian province of Voivodina, who are Greek Catholics, but use Church Slavonic and speak a language which is really an archaic form of East Slovak, written in the Cyrillic.
To Job: who are the other 40% of ACROD? I know there are some Hungarians and Slovaks, but I would suspect their number might not be that high.

Since the OCA changed "en masse" thirty some years ago, ACROD parishes may choose either calendar, based on the super majority vote of the parish and our bishop's blessing. It is about 60/40 in terms of parishes but more like 75/25 in terms of membership. We are apparently voting again at home this year. All new parishes and missions are RJC/New.

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In actual fact, the Armenians of Jerusalem who celebrate Christmas on the Old Calendar, do so on January 18th - not January 19th.

Christmas in the 19th century was celebrated on January 6th on the Old Calendar and then it fell behind by one day in the 20th century to become January 7th and with the feast of the Theophany moving from the 18th of January to January 19th.

But the Armenians in Jerusalem never made that adjustment and have been celebrating Old Calendar Christmas/Theophany on January 18th to this day. (The two feasts were originally celebrated on one and the same day of the Theophany, the Armenians are the only Church/nation that maintain the original date.)

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