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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Armenian Christmas/Orthodox Christmas Eve

Today in the Latin Christian calendar is the Feast of the Epiphany, "the twelfth day of Christmas," (and I hope all those drummers drumming aren't keeping you up). More to our point here, it's also the day Armenian Christians outside the Holy Land celebrate the Nativity. (Those in the Holy Land have to wait twelve more days.)

For different reasons (the Gregorian/Julian calendar difference), tonight marks Christmas Eve and tomorrow Christmas Day in the tradition of the Orthodox and most other Eastern churches, so greetings to all whose celebration is today, tonight, or tomorrow.

The Coptic Christmas hymn E Parthenos, (the virgin: parthenos  is of course from Greek), with . English subtitles.

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