At orthodox Christians the Christmas post] begin

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federal information portal "SakhaNews". Orthodox believers enter on Sunday a 40-day Christmas post which prepares for a celebration of a holiday of Christmas. The post comes right after day of memory of the apostle Philip therefore him call still "Filippov". Establishment of the Christmas post belongs to ancient times of Christianity: in the V-VI centuries the western church authors report about it. Originally the post lasted only a week, however on a cathedral of 1166 at Dimitrios Arkhondonis Luka and the Byzantine emperor Manuile 40 days were offered to hold it. This period symbolizes...
Dimitrios Arkhondonis (Bartholomew I)
Last position: The archbishop of Constantinople — New Rome and the Universal Patriarch in Constantinople orthodox church