Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas today, an event from which 2,011 years ago marked the beginning of the new history of mankind.
A holiday liturgy, during the night and in the morning are held in all Orthodox churches on all continents.
The Russian Orthodox Church now has about 30,000 churches and more than 800 monasteries in nearly 60 countries.
On January 7th Serbians also celebrate Christmas, along with believers in Jerusalem, the Georgian Church, the Athos monasteries, and many Catholic communities which adhere to the Eastern rite.
Solemn services were held at the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.
In Moscow, the
The service was attended by President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife.