Believers at the Cathedral of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers in Baku. January 7, 2019. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the "Caucasian Knot"

07 January 2019, 22:05

Orthodox Baku residents tell about celebrating Christmas with families

Christmas services were held in the Orthodox churches of Baku, Ganja and Khachmaz. Residents of Baku said that in their families the celebration of Christmas is a tribute to traditions.

Divine services began in the Orthodox churches of Azerbaijan at night on January 7. The main service was held at the Cathedral of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers in Baku, where the festive liturgy was performed by Alexander, the Bishop of Baku and Azerbaijan and the head of the Baku Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In Azerbaijan, there are about 160,000 Orthodox believers, a source from the Diocese's Secretariat has added.

Today, the hall of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was overcrowded. According to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, during the festive worship service, there were about 200 people there.

Irina Kargina, a Baku resident, has noted that she attends the Christmas service every year. "Not only Orthodox believers, but also our Muslim friends come to the event," the woman said.

Lyudmila Makarova, an elderly woman, said that on the eve of Christmas, she usually visits the graves of her relatives and comes to the church in the morning. When asked whether the Orthodox believers are facing problems in Azerbaijan, the woman replied that the problems are "the same for the followers of all religions."

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 7, 2019 at 05:41 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid; Source: CK correspondent

All news

September 18, 2019 19:01

  • NAC reports details of CTO in Chegem

    In Chegem, two persons who were plotting a terror act, were killed a shootout, while no law enforcers were injured, the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reported. The killed suspects were members of a banned terrorist organization, reported a source from the law enforcement bodies of Kabardino-Balkaria.

September 18, 2019 18:58

September 18, 2019 18:46

  • NAC reports prevention of terror act in Dagestan

    A detained supporter of the "Islamic State" (IS), a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation, manufactured a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) while he was plotting a terror act in Dagestan, the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reported.

September 18, 2019 16:17

  • Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation's balance exceeds Chechnya's reserve by over 8 times

    In 2018, the Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation increased its assets due to donations up to 3.68 billion roubles. The amount exceeds the official reserve funds of the Chechen Republic by more than 8 times. Meanwhile, the Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation, which owns large Chechen enterprises, showed zero income from entrepreneurial activity.

September 18, 2019 16:12

  • "Musavat" Party activist Abulfaz Sadygbeili interrogated in Azerbaijan

    On September 17, Abulfaz Sadygbeili, an activist of the "Musavat" Party, serving his suspended sentence, was summoned and interrogated at the General Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan for two hours as a witness. Abulfaz Sadygbeili compared the situation with the case earlier instituted against him when he was first questioned as a witness, then charged and arrested.

News archive