the heads of the OCU and the UGCC discussed the reform of the church calendar

the heads of the OCU and the UGCC discussed the reform of the church calendar

The question of the church calendar is becoming increasingly acute before the Christmas and Easter holidays.

The head of the UGCC Sviatoslav held a meeting with the head of the OCU Epiphany / photo ugcc.ua The head of the UGCC Sviatoslav held a meeting with the head of the OCU Epiphany / photo ugcc.ua

Heads of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphany, and Father Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church discussed the need to reform the church calendar.

As reported on UGCC websitethe heads of the churches agreed to create a working group to study this issue, which “emerges more and more acutely before the Christmas and Easter holidays.”

“This working group should develop concrete proposals for the Prelates and Synods of both Churches in the context of preparations for the celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the First Ecumenical Council held in Nicaea in 325. At this Council, the calendar principles of church life were determined,” the message reads. .

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As UNIAN reported, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine previously allowed parishes to choose when to celebrate Christmas. The priest of the OCU, Heorhiy Kovalenko, explained that the Ukrainian church still lives according to the Julian calendar and also celebrates December 25, but this is according to the old style, and according to the new style, it is January 7.

Meanwhile, sociologists found out that this year more than half of Ukrainians will celebrate Christmas on January 7. But the number of people who will do it only on December 25 and those who celebrate it on both dates has increased. It is also noted that those who support the idea of ​​moving the Christmas celebration to December 25 have significantly increased over the year: from 26% to 44%.

The problem with the dates of the celebration of church holidays arises due to the fact that in Ukraine, Christian churches live according to two calendars: Gregorian (Roman Catholic Church) and Julian (Greek Catholic and Orthodox Churches). The Julian calendar is also used by the Russian, Georgian, Serbian, and Jerusalem Orthodox churches. Due to the inaccuracy of this calendar, over hundreds of years, Christmas “migrated” from December 25 to January 7, and by the end of this century it will be shifted by one more day – January 8.

In turn, the OCU considered the possibility of switching to the New Julian calendar. It calculates one day of a leap year in a different way, so it differs little from the Gregorian one.

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Fuente: espreso.tv

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