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Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

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Church of the Nativity, Dec 24, 2002

The church is shared by three branches of Christianity: Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian.

The three sects have religious services at different times and follow different religious calendars and traditions. Thus, Christmas Day is celebrated in the Church of the Nativity three times each year: on December 25 by the Catholics and other Western sects, on January 6 by the Eastern Orthodox Church, and on January 19 by the Armenians. (In the rest of the world, Armenian Christmas coincincides with Orthodox Christmas. Because of the small size of the church, they are celebrated on different dates in Bethlehem, to allow as many worshippers to take part as possible.

Christmas Eve Mass, December 24/25, 2002
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Patti

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Arafat's chair

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procession

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alter

Patriarch

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Homily

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stained glass window

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This page was updated on 26 November 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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