Dec 25, 2017, 8:06 PM
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World's 2nd oldest church in Orumiyeh holds Xmas rituals

Orumiyeh, Dec 25, IRNA – Ritual ceremonies on the occasion of birth of Prophet Jesus Christ (PBUH) on December 25 was held in Mother Miriam Church (St. Mary Cathedral) in Orumiyeh on Monday.

St. Mary Church is an ancient Assyrian Church located in the city of Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan province, Iran.

It is considered by some historians that the church is to be the second oldest church in Christendom after the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

According to some historical texts three Zoroastrian priests, who predicted birth of Prophet Jesus Christ and went to Jerusalem to be witness for this birth, in return to Orumiyeh changed their temple to a church and according to some experts their tomb-stones were in the church until year 1915 a Russian Orthodox Church mission took the stones to a museum in Kiev.

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