Holy Resurrection details Christmas service schedule

Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Steubenville has announced its Christmas schedule of services.

Holy Resurrection is one of only two Orthodox Churches in the valley still using the Julian Calendar to set its feast days. The Julian Calendar was in use at the time of the birth of Christ and is 13 days behind the civil Gregorian calendar.

That means Jan. 7 on the civil calendar is Dec. 25, Christmas, on the Julian Calendar.

On Jan. 6, Christmas Eve services will begin with the blessing and burning of the Badnjak (Yule log) at 8 p.m. and will continue with the Christmas vigil service. Traditional hot drinks will be served following the services.

The Christmas Divine Liturgy will be served Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

Liturgies also will be served at 10 a.m. for the second day of Christmas dedicated to the Mother of God on Jan. 8, and on the third day dedicated to St. Stephen the First Martyr on Jan. 9.

Holy Resurrection serves Orthodox Christians from throughout the Upper Ohio Valley.

“All are welcome at the church located at 528 N. Fourth St.,” said the Rev. Rade Merick, its pastor.