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Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century. The lives of 1.5 million Armenians were lost, who were massacred by Ottoman Turkey’s “Young Turk” government beginning in 1915. The deportation and mass extermination of Armenians continued until 1923. Planned and executed during World War I, the Armenian Genocide saw the virtual elimination…

Feast of the Apparition of the Holy Cross

This feast is celebrated 28 days after Easter Sunday and is dedicated to the Apparition of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. At noon on May 19, 351AD, a bright, luminous cross appeared over the skies of Jerusalem, centred over an area spanning from the Mount of Olives (where Christ was betrayed and arrested) to Golgotha…

Feast of Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Feast of Holy Ascension marks the ascent of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven on the 40th day following 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…

Second Palm Sunday

The name of the feast is derived from Palm Sunday, which precedes Easter. The Second Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the triumphant entry of the Ascended Christ into the Heavenly Jerusalem, where the angels meet him with great happiness and delight. According to old beliefs, during St Gregory the Illuminator’s imprisonment in the pit,…

The Feast of Pentecost: Hokekaloust

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All…

Eve of the Fast of Elijah

One of the four seasonal fasting periods, defined by the Armenian Apostolic Church, is the fasting period preceding the beginning of summer (northern hemisphere). This fasting period, as well as the other ones preceding the other seasons of the year, is not a preparation for any feast. According to tradition it is called Elijah’s fast,…

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