~~On the occasion of the Christmas of Jerusalem Armenians, here is a re-posting from the archives. Holy Christmas to all who carry Jerusalem in their hearts. ~~
On the evening of January 5, across the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond, Christians participate in the re-enactment of the Nativity Story, and break bread around a simple, mostly vegetarian meal. All over the world, in churches that belong to the Eastern Christian denomination, the sweet fragrance of incense mixes with the voices of the faithful, the chants of the choirs with the tolling of the bells, the murmur of prayer with rustle of the cymbals and censers.
So, too, in places far away from the locus of the Christian story, here in Boston, for instance, the Orthodox churches are the sites of illumination and chant, prayer and good wishes for the new year. And while the rest of the world has gone back…
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