United Conservatives celebrate Orthodox Christmas
Jason Kenney, Leader of the Opposition and the United Conservative Caucus issued the following statement to mark the celebration of Christmas by Christians observing the Julian calendar:
“Today marks the feast of Christmas for Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians as they celebrate the birth of Christ.
“The Julian Calendar is observed by many Albertans from the Ukrainian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Russian, Greek, and other Orthodox and Eastern Catholic communities. In Alberta, these Christian communities have been celebrating this date since the birth of our province and they have contributed to our prosperity and strength as a society by living out the virtue of charity toward the hungry, homeless, sick, ill and the poor.
“Christmas presents all Albertans with the opportunity to grow closer to family and friends, reflect on the important role of faith in Albertan society, and deepen our own commitment to peace, joy, and love.
“Today we offer our warm wishes for a merry and blessed Christmas and a happy New Year to Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians.”