The Week in Pictures: December 21 – 27, 2020

Please find below our selection of photos taken between December 21 and 27. They document the feast of Nativity across the Orthodox world, current events in society or simply dream-like winter views.

The heroes of the 1989 Romanian Revolution were commemorated in Bucharest’s University Square. Photo: / Mircea Florescu
The 13th-century monastery near the Bulgarian village of Lozen had four monastic tonsures last week. Photo: / Vesela Ignatova
The Jerusalem Patriarchate, which observes the Julian unrevised calendar (old style), celebrated last week the Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God. The celebration was held at Righteous Anna’s house, where Virgin Mary was born. Photo: Facebook / Jerusalem Patriarchate
Santa Claus came for the first time to the children in the Metropolis of Burundi and Rwanda, on the African continent. Photo: Facebook / Father Nectarie
Patriarch Daniel shared childhood Christmas memories with the fathers who gave His Beatitude the good tidings that Christ is born. Photo: / Raluca Ene
Chrsitmas tree and gifts for children at St Friday – Pajura Church on Christmas Eve. Photo: Andrei Oprea
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day at the Patriarchal Cathedral in the Phanar neighbourhood of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul). Photo: Ecumenical Patriarchate / Nikos Manginas
Faithful dressed in national costumes from Transylvania participated in the Divine Liturgy officated at Sibiu’s Nativity Church. Photo: Metropolis of Ardeal
The First Day of Christmas at the Tirana Cathedral, Albania. Photo:
Ceahlău Monastery with its tower in the clouds. Photo: Ștefan Roncea
Bishop Iustin of Maramureș and Sătmar with a group of children on Christmas. Photo: Facebook / Diocese of Maramureș and Sătmar
Lit Christmas tree at the Radu Vodă Monastery in Bucharest. Photo: Radu Chiriță
A teenage boy helps a child acolyte dress on the First Day of Christmas. Photo: Facebook / Comana Monastery
Burning censer at the St Alexander Nevsky Catedral in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the feast of Christmas. Photo:
A toddler and its mother participate in the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iași. Photo: Doxologia / Flavius Popa
Announcers of the good tidings of the Lord’s Nativity. Photo: Adriana Păducel
Winter landscape at Sihăstria Monastery in the county of Neamț, on the Second Day of Christmas. Photo: Doxologia / Monk Ghelasie
Righteous Abraham was commemorated at the Divine Liturgy officiated in Beer Sheva, the biggest city in the Desert of Negev, Israel. Photo: Facebook / Jerusalem Patriarchate
St Alexander Nevski Skete in Peredelkino, a town near Moscow, looks like a fairy tale house. Photo: Moscow Patriarchate

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