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Epiphany and Orthodox Christmas Celebrations

7 January, 20137 January, 2013 0 comments Events Events

With blustery weather conditions throughout the Holy Land it certainly feels like Christmas, and it still is for many of the world's Orthodox Christians.  While Latin Christians celebrated Epiphany on January 6 with a special liturgy at the Church of St. Catherines in Bethlehem and their festivities will continue with the Baptism of the Lord at the River Jordan on January 8, Orthodox Christians including Coptics, Syrians, Greek and Ethiopian Orthdox are now beginning their Christmas celebrations with the Feast of Nativity on January 7. Below are the upcoming religious celebrations  in the month of January.


Catholic Celebrations:

January 8 - Baptism of the Lord at the River Jordan


Orthodox Celebrations

January 7th - The Nativity of our Lord (Orthodox)
January 14th - New Year, Circumcision
January 18th - Blessing of the Holy Water (River Jordan) (Greek)
January 19th - Blessing of the Holy Water (River Jordan) (Syrian & Copts)
January 19th - Epiphany (Feast of Theophany)
January 20th - St. John the Baptist


Armenian Celebrations:

January 11th - James the Major and St. John
January 19th - Christmas Day

Custody of the Holy Land and Theopolis III

Custody of the Holy Land, Fr. Pierbattista and Greek Patriarchate, Theopolis III; photo courtesy; Travelujah


For more about the Catholic celebration of Epiphany in the Holy Land view this video showcasing the arrival of Custody of the Holy Land, Fr PierBattista at Manger Square,nd the continuing celebration at St. Catherines on the morning of January 6.


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