Holy Resurrection announces Christmas service schedule

Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church announced its Christmas schedule of services.

Holy Resurrection is one of only two Orthodox Churches in the valley to still use the old Julian Calendar, which was in use at the time of the birth of Christ, and is presently 13 days behind the usual civil calendar. That means Jan. 7 on the civil calendar is Dec. 25, Christmas, on the Julian Calendar.

Christmas eve services will begin with the blessing and burning of the Badnjak, or yule log, at 8 p.m. Monday and will continue with the Christmas vigil service. Traditional hot drinks will be served following the services.

The Christmas Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A traditional Serbian Christmas dinner will be available at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton from noon to 5 p.m. Contact the center at (304) 723-7372 for reservations or information.

Liturgies also will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday for the second day of Christmas dedicated to the Mother of God and 10 a.m. Thursday on the third day dedicated to St. Stephen the First Martyr.

Holy Resurrection serves Orthodox Christians from throughout the Upper Ohio Valley.