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Orthodox Christmas service takes place in Volodymyrsky Cathedral

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People hold candles as they attend a service on the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Volodymyrsky Cathedral on Jan. 6. (Volodymyr Petrov)

Hundreds came to the Christmas Eve service conducted by Metropolitan Filaret on Jan. 6 in Volodymyrsky Cathedral in Kyiv.

Hundreds came to the Christmas Eve service conducted by Metropolitan Bishop Filaret on Jan. 6 in Volodymyrsky Cathedral in Kyiv.

In Ukraine, Orthodox Christians that belong to Ukrainian, Russian and Greek Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 instead of Dec. 25, because the Ukrainian Orthodox churches follow an old Julian calendar, as opposite to the more modern Gregorian calendar.

Head of Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church Svyatoslav Shevchuk said on Jan. 6 that his church is considering switching to Dec. 25 celebration.

Read also: Where to experience Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7

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