07 January 2017, 13:47
Christmas services held in five Orthodox Churches of Azerbaijan (+video)
At night on January 7, the Azerbaijani Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas; liturgies were served in three churches in Baku, and churches in Ganja and Khachmaz.
The festive service at the Cathedral of the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women in Baku, the main country's Russian Orthodox Church, started around midnight and lasted for an hour and a half. The church was visited by about five hundred believers, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports.
Besides, the Christmas services were held in two other Orthodox churches in Baku – the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church of Michael the Archangel, as well as in Churches of Alexander Nevsky in Ganja and Saint Nicholas in Khachmaz.
Christmas according to the Julian calendar was also celebrated by the congregation of worship house of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in Sumgait.
According to the Baku diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the total number of Orthodox believers in the country is about 150,000.
Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.
Author: Faik Medzhid; Source: CK correspondent