Ukrainians celebrate Christmas

Today, January 7, Ukrainian Eastern rite Orthodox Christians, Greek Catholics and old believers celebrate Christmas.

Groisman wished Ukrainians of the grace of God

According to the gospel, the virgin Mary with Joseph, with whom she was engaged, came to the small Jewish town of Bethlehem to participate in the state census. As they are not found in hotels or in homes viflyantsev, they decided to spend the night in a cave where shepherds usually driven in bad weather the cattle. There Jesus Christ was born. The baby laid in a manger (a feeding trough for livestock).

It was then that the shepherds that night guarding the flock, an angel appeared with the news of the birth of the Savior of the world, and they were the first to worship baby Jesus. Also to worship the Christ child came the Magi (Eastern sages), which in Vifleemsky cave led a wonderful star. They brought Christ gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The main point of the holiday is that is glorified by the incarnation of God in man. Combining a divine and a human nature, Jesus laid the Foundation for the salvation of mankind — deliverance from his sins. Also famed for the love of God for people — He who is the King of the world, for them, embodied in a defenseless baby. The feast of Christmas — the most solemn among the twelve, he celebrated until the next celebration of Baptism. This period (January 7-18, new style) called Yuletide, that is, Holy days.

Christmas extremely festive high-heaven, but at the same time very earthly, human festival, after all, what could be more important and more wonderful than the birth of a child, the arrival of a new little life in the big complex world of adults.

So let the silver light of the Christmas star, which shines here for over two thousand years and does not tarnish, touches the soul of everyone who professes Christianity. Let its peaceful radiance would be today in every Ukrainian home in the city and in the village, East and West, North and South, and most of all where war, death, fear, and anxiety, where human grief, tears, sadness and disappointment.

«Let the little Christ is coming today to where it is darkest where it hurts…», — as one wise, though young, the priest-chaplain with advanced. And let the news of the birth of the son of God will for us in these days the most important and important piece of news: «Christ is born! Glorify Him!».

Groisman wished Ukrainians of the grace of God

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman congratulated Ukrainians on Christmas and wished them good health, family warmth and grace.

About this he wrote in Facebook.

«Christ is born! Glorify him! In this holiday I sincerely wish you good health, love, family warmth and the grace of God,» he wrote, Groisman.

Note, January 7 in Kyiv and Dnipro will start the festival «Kraina Mriy». In the capital, «Christmas on the Dnieper» will begin at 11: 00 on the Singing field. The Dnipro festival kicks off on Heroes ‘ square Maidan at noon and will last two days.

Ukrainians celebrate Christmas 07.01.2017

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