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MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. Russian Orthodox believers will mark Christmas Eve on Tuesday, January 6.
This is the last day of the four-week Christmas fast. On this day Christians confess and make communion. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will conduct the divine service on Christmas Eve in the morning and the liturgy on Christmas Night, the patriarch’s press service said.
These solemn divine services start with the Royal Hours, which are conducted only three times a year. The liturgy of St Basil the Great is held on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas service talks about the great event when a new era of mankind starts.
Divine services will be conducted at night and in the morning in more than 30,000 churches of the Russian Orthodox Church all round the world.
The Georgian, Serbian and Jerusalem Orthodox Churches also mark Christmas on January 7.