Most Orthodox Christians, however, both in the East and the West, will celebrate the Christ-Mass thirteen days "late:" on the West's Epiphany. That's because most Orthodox
use the Julian, or Lunar, "Old" Calendar, which runs thirteen days behind the Gregorian,
or Solar, "New" Calendar. So, for most Orthodox, it's still Advent.
At Christmas, we celebrate the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity into the creation that was created through Him. At Advent, we look forward to His Return; to the
resolution of these present things and the creation of a new Heaven and a new Earth.
Whichever calendar we follow, we are together in celebrating the Personal Presence of
our Lord, God and Savior in our midst. Let us not hesitate, therefore, to cry out unceasingly--not just now, but all through the year...
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!
MARANATHA! COME, LORD JESUS!