Moscow, January 3 – The head of the Russian Old Orthodox Church (ROOC), Metropolitan Korniliy (Titov), told the News Agency that the secular New Year is “a holiday that is not on our Orthodox street.”
He added that the Old Believers “since pre-Petrine times” celebrate the New Year – the New Year – on the first of September. “Peter I postponed the New Year in order to please the West, so now it falls on the Christmas fast. It was not for nothing that Peter I was called the Antichrist in his time,” the priest believes.
“Who are the Old Believers? These are the Orthodox, who take their traditions and customs from Holy Russia.” Holy Russia celebrated the New Year on the first of September. Of course, now no one specifically asks whether the secular New Year will be celebrated. So we cannot say to everyone “Old Believer,” he notes. But, in any case, we are preserving the tradition – on which the Old Believers are based – on preserving traditions, ”the interlocutor concluded with the agency.
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