MP Theologian Suggests Moving Christmas

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Moscow, January 12, Interfax – Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy Protodeacon Andrey Kurayev suggests celebrating Christmas on January 1.

“No matter what church calendar Christians use when they celebrate Christmas, it is absurd. If you celebrate Nativity on December 25, why the year which begins from His Nativity starts only a week after? If the Nativity of Christ happens on January 7, why the new “year Anno Domini” starts a week before it?” Father Andrew wonders in his blog.

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  • How ridiculous!

    This is based on so much misdirected assumptions that it is difficult to know where to begin.

    As I understand it, the Nativity of the Saviour was originally celebrated as part of the feast now known as Theophany, deliberately on the 6th day of the new year in order to emphasise Christ as the New Adam (man having been created on the 6th day). While this is quite beautiful, the fact remains that the Church gave up on this relationship between the start of the new year and the Nativity of the Lord over 1600 years ago when She adopted the 25th of December as the new date.

    Why is Protodeacon Andrei now wishing to reverse this? And if he does want a link restored between the two, why not revert to the “catch-all” feast of Theophany, which I believe still exists among the Armenians, and which at least would be more sensible (and precedented) than his suggestion of the 19th of December (which is what his “December 1st” date really amounts to)? And surely a professor of the Moscow Theological Academy and high-ranking deacon cannot be serious when he suggests that anybody actually celebrates Christmas on the 7th of January – surely.