Christmas services scheduled

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church has announced its Christmas services.

Christmas Eve services will begin with the blessing and burning of the badnjak, or yule log, at 8 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 528 N. Fourth St. The service will continue with the Christmas vigil service. Traditional hot drinks will be served.

The Christmas Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. A Liturgy celebrating the second day of Christmas and dedicated to the Mother of God will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and a Liturgy celebrating the third day and dedicated to St. Stephen, the First Martyr, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Holy Resurrection is one of two Orthodox churches in the Upper Ohio Valley still using the Julian calendar to set feast days. The Julian calendar, at use during Christ’s time, is 13 days behind the civil Gregorian calendar, thus Jan. 7 on the Gregorian calendar is Dec. 25 on the Julian calendar.

Holy Resurrection serves Orthodox Christians throughout the Upper Ohio Valley, and all are welcome.