Spiritual Practice


Svetlana Zernes

Silent night, holy night . . . Greek Orthodox Christians,  who celebrate Christmas on January 7, would describe Christmas Eve as a magical night.

Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord.”
Luke 1:46 (NIV)

In Greece, an ancient tradition is singing kalanda, or Christmas carols. Children and teens go door-to-door in their neighborhoods, singing songs, playing instruments, and glorifying God. In return for the kalanda, they collect sweets and coins.

Magnificent all-night worship services are held in many churches on Christmas Eve. Everyone is welcome to see the thousands of lit candles and listen to the choir chanting. Then Christmas Day brings celebration, family gatherings, and—since many Christians fast during Advent—tables full of delicious food.


Beautiful Cross with blue sky and white cloud in greece


GO CAROLING: Invite family and friends to help you spread the glad tidings in your neighborhood. Make an effort to visit people you think might need to hear a message of hope.

—from devozine (November/December 2018). Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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