Orthodox Russians mark Christmas Eve

Jan. 6, 2008 at 3:59 PM

MOSCOW, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Russian Orthodox Christians celebrated their Christmas Eve Sunday by breaking a four-week fast and attending evening church services.

Patriarch Alexey II conducted the late-night services at Moscow's Christ the Saviour's Cathedral, which was televised live.

ITAR-TASS, a Russian news agency, reported Alexey's message urged Christians to heed God's gift of love for "all people around us."

"Happiness and the plenitude of everyday life are in love, mutual responsibility and readiness to devote your life to those who love," he said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drops bid for speaker
WikiLeaks offering $50K for video of Afghan hospital bombing
Murdoch sorry for implying Obama's not a 'real black president'
Reid sues exercise companies over eye injury
Lumber Liquidators to pay $10M in DOJ settlement