St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
5913 State Road
Parma Ohio
/ PARISH LIFE 2020 / 2020-01-07 Christmas at St. Vladimir Cathedral

Christmas time celebration at St. Vladimir Cathedral is according to the Julian Calendar.  It occurs on the 7th of January on the secular Gregorian calendar.  

The Nativity season begins with St. Phillip Fast which started on November 28 and lasts until January 6, a period of 6 weeks.   On this Nativity eve, the faithful families gather in their homes to partake of a traditional Lenten meal usually consisting of 12 foods.  Being a Lenten meal, no meat is served.


The parish has, for 36 years, provided a Holy Christmas Eve Supper (Sviati Vecher) for the clergy, their families, the elderly faithful, parishioners and their families, and guests.  This meal is prepared by the members of the parish chapter of the Ukrainian Orthodox League (UOL) under the leadership of Tamara Host.  Before the meal begins, the table candles are lit from the 2019 Peace Light from Bethlehem.  After the meal is served, the clergy lead the participants in singing traditional Christmas Carols in both Ukrainian and English languages.  


Following the Holy Christmas Eve Supper  The clergy and the faithful proced to the church where the Great Compline and Matins Service is celebrated and Christmas Carols are sung.  The faithful then depart for home where they contemplete the upcoming and magnificent Birth of Christ.


The following day, January 7, the faithful return to the Cathedral for the Divine Liturgy to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.  This year, as has happend for the previous 31 years, the Divine Liturgy was broadcast on the radio station WJMO 1300 FM and Praise 94.5 which was also broadcast through the internet for those who were unable to attend at the Cathedral.