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Russian Orthodox Believers Celebrate Christmas

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On January 7 Russian Orthodox believers flocked to churches to attend Christmas services.

On January 7 Russian Orthodox believers flocked to churches to attend Christmas services.

© RIA Novosti . Vitaly Ankov / Go to the photo bankOn January 7 Russian Orthodox believers flocked to churches to attend Christmas services.
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On January 7 Russian Orthodox believers flocked to churches to attend Christmas services.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankThe head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led the Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led the Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankRussian President Vladimir Putin attended Christmas service at the Holy Face of Christ the Savior Church close to the venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attended Christmas service at the Holy Face of Christ the Savior Church close to the venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander Astafyev / Go to the photo bankPrime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior along with his wife Svetlana.
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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior along with his wife Svetlana.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankThe service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was attended by several thousand believers.
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The service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was attended by several thousand believers.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankAs the service began, Patriarch Kirill placed inside the church a shrine containing sacred relics brought from Mount Athos in Greece, believed to be the gifts of gold, Frankincense and myrrh presented by the Magi, or Three Wise Men to the Baby Jesus.
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As the service began, Patriarch Kirill placed inside the church a shrine containing sacred relics brought from Mount Athos in Greece, believed to be the gifts of gold, Frankincense and myrrh presented by the Magi, or Three Wise Men to the Baby Jesus.
© RIA Novosti . Igor Russak / Go to the photo bankChristmas services will continue until Tuesday evening, and Church leaders will deliver their congratulations after the Great Vespers, to begin at 16:00 Moscow time.
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Christmas services will continue until Tuesday evening, and Church leaders will deliver their congratulations after the Great Vespers, to begin at 16:00 Moscow time.
© RIA Novosti . Maxim Bogovid / Go to the photo bankThe Russian, Jerusalem, Serbian and Georgian Orthodox churches, Athos monasteries, some Catholics and some Protestants celebrate Christmas on January 7 in line with the Julian calendar, while Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans and some Orthodox churches celebrate the feast on December 25.
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The Russian, Jerusalem, Serbian and Georgian Orthodox churches, Athos monasteries, some Catholics and some Protestants celebrate Christmas on January 7 in line with the Julian calendar, while Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans and some Orthodox churches celebrate the feast on December 25.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankBelievers during the Christmas Service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
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Believers during the Christmas Service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
© RIA Novosti . Vitaly Ankov / Go to the photo bankBoy at the Christmas service at the St.Andrew Church in Vladivostok.
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Boy at the Christmas service at the St.Andrew Church in Vladivostok.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankChristmas Service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
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Christmas Service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankChristmas service at the Holy Face of Christ the Savior Church in Sochi.
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Christmas service at the Holy Face of Christ the Savior Church in Sochi.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankVladimir Putin during the Christmas service at the Holy Face of Christ the Savior Church close to the venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
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Vladimir Putin during the Christmas service at the Holy Face of Christ the Savior Church close to the venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankChoir of the Alexander Nevsky Convent in Yekaterinburg.
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Choir of the Alexander Nevsky Convent in Yekaterinburg.
© RIA Novosti . Maxim Bogovid / Go to the photo bankGirl during the the Christmas service at the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Kazan.
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Girl during the the Christmas service at the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Kazan.
© RIA Novosti . Maxim Bogovid / Go to the photo bankThe Church of St. Peter and Paul in Kazan.
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The Church of St. Peter and Paul in Kazan.
© RIA Novosti . Igor Zarembo / Go to the photo bankChristmas Service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Kazan.
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Christmas Service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Kazan.
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