- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - Parishioners of St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket have celebrated Christmas in their church that’s been refurbished following a destructive fire more than two years ago.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1AJCU3u ) that Rev. Anthony Perkins recited a message Wednesday from leading Ukrainian Orthodox bishops from around the world.

Christmas is celebrated by Orthodox Christians on Jan. 7, based on a calendar that was replaced by another in most of Western Europe in the 16th century and that celebrates the holiday on Dec. 25.

The service, attended by about 100 participants, was in the rebuilt sanctuary that was nearly destroyed in a fire the day before Thanksgiving 2012. It reopened recently.

The original floor shined, but murals still need to be painted on the domed ceiling and walls.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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