Eastern Christmas gets underway in Bethlehem
Eastern Christmas Celebration gets underway in Bethlehem, as Parades
Arrive at the Church of the Nativity
Date: 06 / 01 / 2007 Time: 11:45
Bethlehem - Ma'an -
Christian sects who follow the eastern calendar have, on Saturday,
began celebrating Christmas in rainy weather, which is providing
much-needed relief for the scorched earth of Palestine's farmland.
In the morning, the patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox church in
Palestine and Jordan, Marseorios Malky Murad, arrived at the Church
of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Following him was the parade of Dr
Abraham, the patriarch of the Qubti sect in Jerusalem. Both
patriarchs were accompanied by knights and scouts, who marched
between the crowds on both sides on the road to the churchyard.
The parades were received by the mayors of the cities of Bethlehem,
Beit Jala and Beit Sahour, Dr Victor Batarsa, Raji Zeidan and Hani
Al-Hayik, in addition to the governor of Bethlehem, Salah
Al-Ta'amari, the director of the police department and other clergy
and civic dignitaries.
More patriarchs are expected to arrive to the church of the Nativity
as representatives of eastern Christian churches.
On this occasion, Ma'an news agency sends best festive wishes to all
those celebrating Christmas, hoping next year will witness more
happiness and stability in the Palestinian territories.
President Abbas Arrives in Bethlehem to Participate in Midnight Mass
BETHELEHM, January 6, 2007 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas arrived
in the West Bank city of Bethlehem to participate in Midnight Mass,
at the Church of the Nativity, for Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas.
As he arrived there, President Abbas performed al-Eshaa prayers at
Omar Ebn al Khatab Mosque, opposite to the Church of the Nativity.
President Abbas told reporters after he went out of the Mosque that
the there is no Presidential Degree that endorses the legality of the
"Executive Force of the Interior Ministry" as an independent force.