St. Mary the Protectress Church President Oksana Bondarchuk, left, chats with a Ukrainian family after the Orthodox Christmas Eve service.
According to the president of St. Mary the Protectress Church, Oksana Bondarchuk, this change breaks with a tradition deeply rooted in Ukrainian culture, while understanding the need to break with Russia.
For me it's a bit unsettling because I've always only known January 6th and 7th. When I was a child, we didn't recognize December 24 and 25. We never had a tree before January 1, she points out.
We had a discussion about this within our church at a parish meeting, and it was obvious that the new arrivals , mainly refugees, all supported the 24th and 25th in order to break ties with the oppressor. And we understand this decision perfectly.
It recognizes that the transition from January to December will not be immediate for all Ukrainians.
I think it will take at least a generation for this change to be complete, she believes.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada has informed all parishes that they are not required to immediately adopt the revised Julian calendar.