Metropolitan Daniil of Arkhangelsk wishes Governor Igor Orlov and his congregation a Merry Christmas. Photo:

Merry Christmas from the Russian North

On live TV and in the presence of the region’s politicial elite, Arkhangelsk Metropolitan Daniil yesterday wished Russian northerners a Merry Christmas.
January 07, 2016


Today, we celebrate the coming of God to our earth, Daniil said in yesterday’s Christmas church sermon in the Ininsky Cathedral in Arkhangelsk. ”Let peace and silence enbrace our hearts”, he continued in his address to the congregation, packed together in a full church room.

Among the people present were Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov, regional Senator Lyudmila Kononova, regional parliament Speaker Viktor Novozhilov and Arkhangelsk City Mayor Igor Godzish, the regional diocese website informs.

Russia celebrates Christmas on 6th January in line with the Julian calendar.

Metropolian Daniil is the highest-ranking cleric in the Russian North. His diocese covers Arkhangelsk Oblast and the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, including the archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land.


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