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Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

January 6, 2015. 

Each year, on January 6, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the commemoration of the Birth and Baptism of Jesus Christ. God was incarnated and appeared to the people. During the Baptism of Jesus God the Father said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17) and the Holy Spirit descended on Christ in the form of dove, so God appeared to the people for the second time. So, both Theophanies revealed by means of the Birth and Baptism of Jesus Christ are celebrated in the Armenian Church jointly on January 6. The feast starts on the eve, in the evening of January 5, and is continued after the midnight. On the eve a solemn Candlelight Divine Liturgy is celebrated and on January 6 a solemn Divine Liturgy is celebrated. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Blessing of the Waters Service is conducted symbolizing the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan at the commencement of His ministry. By means of His Baptism Jesus blessed water.Celebrant priest pours out the Holy Chrism drop by drop into water and blesses the water. According to the tradition people take some blessed water with them to use it as a medicinal remedy for the sick. After Blessing of the Waters Service the priests visit the houses of the faithful to proclaim the Christmastide Good News of the Birth of Jesus Christ and hence the tradition of Blessing of the Houses was formed. The Birth of Jesus happened in this way. “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. … And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Lk 2:1-7) The Son of God was born in poverty, in a manger. The witnesses of His Birth were the shepherds living out in the fields nearby, whom the angels had appeared and brought the good news of the Birth of the Savior singing: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Lk 2:18) Soon afterwards some men who studied the stars came from the East and worshipped Baby Christ, presented him gifts and returned to their countries. 


  Feast days for the year 2015
3rd St. Basil (the Great) and his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa, Sylvester the Patriarch of Rome, and Ephrem the Syrian St Basil
5th Christmas Eve
6th Christmas and Epiphany
13th Naming of our Lord Jesus Christ
15th Birth of St John the Forerunner
17th Sts. Peter the Patriarch, Bishop Blaise, Deacon Absolom
19th St. Anthony the Hermit
20th St. King Theodosius
22nd Giragos and his mother Julita and St Vahan of Kohtum
31st St. Sarkis
2nd Sts. Adom and Generals
3rd Sts. Sookias and Martyrs
5th Sts. Voski and Priests
7th St. Sahag Bartev
10th Sts. Ghvont and Priests
12th Sts. Vartanank
14th Presentation of the Lord to the Temple
15th Poon Paregentan (Eve of the Great Lent)
21st St. Theodore the Worrior
22nd Second Sunday of Great Lent – Expulsion
28th St. Cyril of Jerusalem
1st Third Sunday of Great Lent – The Prodigal Son
7th St John, Bishop of Jerusalem, and our Holy Fathers John of Otsoon (Hovnan Otsenetsi), John of Vorodn (Hovhan Vorodnetsi) and Gregory of Datev (Krikor Datevatsi)
8th Fourth Sunday of Great Lent – The Steward
11th Median Day of Great Lent (Michink)
14th March Forty Martyrs of Sebastia
15th Fifth Sunday of Great Lent – The Judge
21st St Gregory the Illuminator – Descent into the pit
22nd Sixth Sunday of Great Lent – Advent
28th Remembrance of Christ’s Raising of Lazarus
29th Palm Sunday
30th Great Monday
31st Great Tuesday
1st Great Wednesday
2nd Great Thursday
3rd Good Friday
4th Great Saturday – Easter Eve
5th Easter Sunday
7th Annunciation
11th Beheading of St John the Baptist
12th New Sunday
19th Green Sunday
24th Commemoration of the Martyrs of 1915
26th Red Sunday
3rd Apparition of Holy Cross
14th Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ (Hampatsum)
17th Second Palm Sunday
24th Pentecost (Hokekaloust)
1st Sts. Hripsimiank
2nd Sts. Kayaniank
4th St John the Baptist
6th St Gregory the Illuminator – Deliverance from the pit.
7th Feast of Holy Echmiadzin
9th Sts. Nooneh and Maneh, the Virgins
11th Sts. Sahag and Hovsep the Princes and Sts. Sarkis and Pacchus the Martyrs
13th St Nerses the Great and Bishop Khat
15th St Epiphanius of Cyprus
16th Sts. King Constantine and his mother Helena
20th Discovery of the relics of St Gregory the Illuminator
23rd Sts. Daniel the prophet and the tree young men – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
25th Our Holy Translators Sts. Sahag and Mesrob
27th Sts. King Drtad, Queen Ashkhen and Khosrovitookht
28th Feast of the Discovery of the Box Of the Theotokos
30th Prophet Zechariah
1st Discovery of the Box
2nd Prophet Elisha
4th The 12 Apostles of Christ and St Paul the 13th Apostle
11th Commemoration of the Old Ark [of the covenant] and the Feast of the New One – the Holy Church
12th Transfiguration (Aylagerbutuin) Vartavar
16th Prophet Isaiah
18th Sts. Thaddeus and Santookht
20th St Cyprian (Gibrianos)
23rd The Holy Forefathers: Adam, Abel, Seth, Enosh, Enosh, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Eleazar, Joshua, Samuel, Samson, Jephthah, Barak, Gideon and others.
25th Sons and grandsons of St Gregory our Illuminator: Sts. Arisdages, Vrtanes, Hoosig, Krikoris and Taniel.
28th The Twelve Holy Prophets: Hosea, Amos, Micah, Joel, Obadiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Jonah, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
1st St Athanasius, St Cyril and St Gregory the Theologian
4th Sts. Andrew the Commander and his Soldiers
8th The 200 Fathers of the Holy Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.)
15th Shoghagat – Feast of Echmiadzin
16th Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God (Astvadzadzin)
25th Sts. Joachim and Anna – parents of the Holy Mother of God – and the oil bearing women
27th Prophet Jeremiah
29th The Holy Apostles Thomas, James and Simon
30th Feast of the Discovery of the Belt of the Theotokos
31st St Stepanos of Oolnya
1st Holy Prophets Ezekiel, Ezra, and Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist
3rd Sts. John the Baptist and Job the Righteous
5th The 318 Fathers of the Holy Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.)
8th The birth of St Mary the Theotokos
12th Navagadik
13th Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khatch)
22nd St. Shooshan, the daughter of Vartan the Great
26th St. George (Kevork) the Warrior and St. Romanus the Melodist
27th Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak
1st Sts. Sahag and Hamazasb the Princes
3rd The 72 Holy Disciples of Christ
6th St. Thekla
10th The Holy Translators—Mesrob, Yeghishe, Movses the Poet, Tavit the Philosopher, Gregory of Nareg, Nerses of Kla (grace-filled)
13th Holy Apostles Ananias, Matthias, Barnabas, Philip, John, Silas and Silvanus
15th Sts. Dionysius the Areopagite and Apostles Timothy and Titus
17th The Holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
19th St. Joseph
24th The 12 Holy Teachers (Doctors) of the Church: Hierotheus of Athens, Dionysius the Areopagite, Sylvester of Rome, Athanasius of Alexandria, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem the Syrian, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theologian, Epiphanius of Cyprus, John Chrysostom, and Cyril of Alexandria
25th Discovery of the Holy Cross
29th St. John Chrysostom
7th The Holy Archangels Gabriel and Michael and all the Heavenly Hosts
14th The Holy Apostles Andrew and Philip
15th Eve of the Fast of Advent
21st Presentation of the Holy Mother of God
26th St. Clement
28th The Holy Apostles and our First Illuminators Thaddeus and Bartholomew
3rd Paulus, Paul, Magar, Evagrius, John (Kpetsi), John the Short, Nilus, Arsenius, Siseos, Daniel, Serapion, Macarius, Poeman, and the other Holy Fathers of Egypt
5th Sts. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Gregory the Wonderworker, the other Nicholas, and Myron
7th St Minas
9th Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary
12th St. Hagop (James) of Nisibis
14th Sts. Ignatius of Antioch and Addai
19th King Apkar
24th Sts. David the Prophet and James the Apostle
26th St. Stephen the Proto-Deacon and the First Martyr
28th The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
29th Sts. James the Apostle and John the Evangelist

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