Ukraine celebrates this holiday for the first time on December 25, not January 7.
Metropolitan Epifaniy wished Ukrainians a Merry Christmas.
He wished that the spiritual content of the holidays would inspire everyone to continue to work adamantly to bring victory closer. An appeal to believers was published on the Facebook page of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
“I cordially congratulate you on the holiday of the Nativity of the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ! May the spiritual content of the holidays inspire everyone to continue to work relentlessly to bring victory closer, and the driving force in this will be love for our neighbors and trust in our defenders. I wish you, your Christmas joy and a blessed and victorious New Year to your family and friends!” – the Metropolitan emphasized.
This year, Ukraine celebrates Christmas for the first time, along with most Christian churches, according to the new Lian calendar – December 25, not January 7.