“Today, by decision of the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a resolution on the issue of the calendar was approved, which defines the transition to the new Julian calendar from September 1 of this year,” the Orthodox Church said. But the Assembly of Bishops decided to preserve the right of parishes and monasteries that wish to use the old calendar.
The transition to the new church calendar has yet to be formally approved at its meeting on July 27 by the Local Council of the Orthodox Church. However, no hiccups are expected. “The reform of the calendar will take place without coercion, gradually and consciously,” added the church.
Some holidays will remain in the calendar as before, for example Easter or the Feast of the Holy Trinity. But Christmas will change, as Ukrainians will no longer celebrate it on January 7, but on December 25. Pokrov (Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos) will not be on October 14th, but on the 1st, Epiphany will be moved from January 19th to January 6th, and St. Nicholas’s Day from December 19th to the 6th.
For example, the Russian Orthodox Church observes the Julian calendar.
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