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[[Image:HalkiNativity.jpg|100px|left|150px]]The '''''[[Theological School Nativity]] according to the flesh of Halki|Holy Theological School of Halkiour Lord, God and Saviour [[Jesus Christ]]''''' was established to meet the educational needs , also called '''Christmas''', is one of the Patriarchate of Constantinople as well as [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church in general]], celebrated on [[December 25]]. Since its establishment in 1844, In the school has passed through a number fullness of organizations. Initiallytime, between 1844 and 1899 our Lord [[Jesus Christ]] was born to the school operated with four high school grades Holy [[Theotokos]] and three theological grades. During the period of 1899 and 1923 the high school grades were discontinued and the school functioned as an Academy of five grades. Between 1923 and 1951 the school reactivated Virgin Mary, thus entering into the high school grades world as originally established in 1844. In 1951 the educational program was again modified to consisted of three high school grades and four theological grades. This arrangement continued until 1971 when the school was closed after passage of a law that prohibited operation of privately owned schools of higher education in Turkey. It has remained closed since although the facilities have been visited and used by Orthodox friends man and faithful. The Patriarchate has hoped that promises from the Turkish government to allow the seminary revealing Himself to reopen would be enactedmankind.
According to the [[Bible]] and to [[Holy Tradition]], Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem in a cave, surrounded by farm animals and shepherds. The baby Jesus was born into a manger from the [[Theotokos|Virgin Mary]], assisted by her husband St. [[Joseph the Betrothed|Joseph]]. St. Joseph and the Theotokos were forced to travel due to a Roman census; the odd location of the birth was the result of the refusal of a nearby inn to accommodate the expecting couple ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 2:1-20).
Though Jesus' birth is celebrated on December 25, most scholars agree that it is unlikely he was actually born on this date. The choice of December 25 for the Church's celebration of the Nativity is most likely to have been in order to squelch attendance at pagan solstice festivals falling on the same day.  '''''Recently featured:''''' [[Theological School of Halki]], [[Alexander Nevsky]], [[Episcopi vagantes]], [[Joseph the Hesychast]], [[Eucharist]], [[Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels]], [[John the Merciful]], [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco]], [[Gabrielia (Papayannis)]], [[Fall of Constantinople]], [[Seraphim of Sarov]]. ''Newly [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented on '''Saturdays'''.''
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