Feast Days

The Armenian Christmas – Soorp Dznount

The Armenian Church celebrates the holy birth (Sourp Dznount) of Jesus Christ on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist. The latter is remembered through the "Blessing of Water" ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy on January 6.

On the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Jrakalouyts Divine Liturgy (the lighting of the lamps service) is celebrated in honor of the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God (theophany). It is custom for the faithful to hold lit candles during this special service.

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Presentation of the Lord to the Temple – Diarnuntarach

The Armenian Church celebrates the holy birth (Sourp Dznount) of Jesus Christ on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist. The latter is remembered through the "Blessing of Water" ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy on January 6.

Simeon the Elder was a holy man, and it was “revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Messiah” (Luke 2:26).  In the Temple Simeon met the Messiah, took him in his arms and dedicated him to God, saying, “Lord, now let your servant go in peace according to your promise, because my eyes have seen Your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all people, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and for the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).

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St. Mesrob Mashtots and the Armenian Alphabet

St. Mesrob was born around 355 or 361 in the village of Hatsekats, in the province of Taron.  His father’s name was Vardan from the Mamikonian dynasty.

According to Koryun, one of Mesrob’s pupils, who wrote about the life and works of his teacher, the founder of the Armenian Alphabet was highly educated and had mastered the Persian, Assyrian and Greek languages and was the royal secretary of the king Khosrov the Third.

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The Battle of Avarayr and the Feast of Saints Vartanants

Every year, on the Thursday preceding the Great Lent, the Armenian Church celebrates the anniversary of one of the most important events in her history.  The event is the war waged by the Zoroastrian Persia against Christian Armenia in the year 451 A. D.
 
The central figure of this war was Saint Vartan the great Commander, and all those who sacrificed their lives are collectively called Saints Vartanants.

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