The ROC proposed to bring back the old calendar style

© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Recipesearch Kirill at the opening of the bishops ‘ Council in Moscow. Archive photoThe ROC proposed to bring back the old calendar style© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

Russia needs to return to the old Julian calendar used in the country before the revolution, instead of the current Gregorian, said on Tuesday first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate Alexander Shchipkov.

«Annually in January, erupt conversations about what the celebration of Christmas must be on December 25 (in accordance with the current in Russia the Gregorian calendar – ed.). I am a supporter of «old style» and I think that Russia should return to the Julian calendar that existed in the time of Christ. I am sure that sooner or later it will happen», — quotes the words Shipkova the Synodal Department.

Of the Russian Orthodox Church uses in its services the Julian calendar («old style»), while Russia, along with most countries is the Gregorian calendar («new style»). Why New year in Russia is celebrated together with the whole world, and Christmas in the «old style» 7 Jan.

According to Shipkova, the only Keeper of the tradition in Russia is the Russian Church, and any modernization is a political trend. «The calendar is not numbers on paper, but part of the world people. We are in their Orthodox paradigm and it should remain», — said Tweaks.

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