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Nativity and Theophany of our Lord (Jan. 6)

Western Christians put great emphasis upon Christmas, celebrating it on December 25. The Armenian Church, however, celebrates the holy birth (Sourp Dznount) of Jesus Christ on January 6.

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Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 14)

On February 14 each year, the Armenian Church celebrates Dyarnuntarach, literally "the bringing forward of the Lord." The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple is always 40 days after Armenian Christmas. Other names for the feast include Derendas (possibly a contraction of Dyarnuntarach) and Candlemas.

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Baptism of the Lord

Christ's baptism is one of the primary commemorations of Theophany, and is always a parallel commemoration with Christ's nativity throughout the eight-day period. On the day of Theophany Christ's baptism is specifically commemorated with the service of the Blessing of the Water. The lections and hymns of the eight days are entirely devoted to the baptism, so that the eighth day may be considered as the feast of the baptism.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the feast of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when Christ was hailed by the people as the Messiah and New King of Israel. As He entered the city on a donkey the people waved branches and cried: "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Zech. 9:9)

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Easter and Holy Week

The Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the most important day of the year in the Armenian Church calendar. The Resurrection of our Lord is the promise of salvation for all humanity.

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Ascension of the Lord

The Feast of Holy Ascension marks the ascent of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven on the 40th day after His glorious Resurrection. The timing is clearly specified in the Acts of the Apostles, where it is stated that Christ presented himself alive to the Apostles, "appearing to them during forty days and speaking of the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).

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Pentecost

Imagine the predicament of the Disciples of Christ at the time of his Ascension. They were still filled with the excitement of His resurrection and of the 40 days they had spent with Him afterwards.

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Transfiguration of the Lord

Referred to also as Baydzaragerbootiun, the Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the five principal feasts of the Armenian Church, so named because of Christ's luminous appearance. In Armenia it is also known as Vartavar (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast, which it replaced.

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Naming of the Lord (Jan. 13)

The feast of Jesus’ naming always falls 8 days after the commemoration of His birth. Use this opportunity to explore all the amazing names given Jesus in Scripture.

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