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Orthodox Christmas in Russian cities

Putin Celebrates Orthodox Christmas at Turginovo Church

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating Orthodox Christmas at the Church of the Intercession (Protecting Veil, or Pokrova) of the Mother of God in the village of Turginovo, located about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Moscow.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian leader attended a midnight service and lit a candle at the church where his parents were baptized in 1911 (according to records found in the regional archives).

Putin visited the church’s spiritual-educational center for children, built after the Russian president received a relevant request from the church’s senior priest.

In 2011, Putin presented the senior priest with an icon of the Mother of God made by an unknown master in the early 19th century.

Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7, which corresponds with December 25 of the older Julian calendar.

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  • lianasammartino
    Merry Christmas Mr. President, and may God be with you!!
  • Marry Christmas.
  • All the nuclear missiles of Russia did not save us from the oligarky, only the spiritual power of the ROC did. The state has to make an extra effort to help, after the Bolsheviks did so much to destroy the Church.
  • Mark Gewiss
    Christ is Born!

    Glorify Him!

    Greetings to our Orthodox brethren worldwide from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!
  • armorin reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, I echo your sentiments. Gloria in Excelsis Deo.
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