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The Armenian community in Palestine celebrated Christmas Eve in Bethlehem on Friday, highlighted with the arrival of the procession of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Nourhan Manougian at noon to the Nativity Church in Bethlehem coming from Jerusalem, WAFA reported.

Priests, Deacons and Seminarians followed the Patriarch’s car in the procession from the Armenian Convent at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem in the morning to Bethlehem.

At midnight, Manougian lead the Midnight Mass at the Grotto of the Nativity.

Orthodox Armenian Christians celebrate Christmas nearly two weeks due to the use of different calendars. Roman Catholic Christians and other western denominations mark the feast using the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Christians and most Armenian denominations celebrate the feast using the Julian calendar, while the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem marks Christmas and Epiphany together on January 19.

Photos from Amenian Jerusalem Patriarchate's Facebook

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