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Holy Transfiguration Church Holds Christmas Liturgy

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With the focus on giving and getting on Christmas day it's important to remember the faith involved.  While lots of churches celebrated their beliefs in the birth of Jesus, the eastern orthodox community in Charlottesville does it with deep rooted traditions and unique style.

Christmas has grown increasingly commercial over the years. Stores display lights and ornaments right after Halloween. We caught up with Christmas services at one church that is trying to keep it simple.

Charlottesville's Holy Transfiguration Church is an eastern orthodox Christian church. From all appearances it looks like a lot of pomp and circumstance. There are intricate icons, incense and gold woven robes but appearances can be deceiving.

Father Peter Rexinis said, “Christmas is equal to love and it represents that God loves us so much he sent his only begotten son to be born as a human being and the whole day is nothing else but love.”

The Christmas service included a reading of the gospel, the epistle and some hymns. The service is called a liturgy and lasted about an hour.

After it ended parishioners said they planned to celebrate Christmas with their families.

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