April

Red Sunday

This year is celebrated in:: 2023-04-30
In the Calendar of the Armenian Church, the third Sunday following the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is known as Red Sunday.

The color “red” has been used throughout history to represent many things. One of the symbolic meanings is the blood of the martyrs who were sacrificed for Christ, His Holy Church, and their Christian faith. During the early years of Christianity, faithful followers of Jesus Christ were subjected to severe persecutions and torments. Many elected to die rather than betray their principles of life and faith, which the Incarnate God - Christ Jesus - had endowed to them and all of mankind. The psalmist writes, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints” (Psalms 116:15).

Today, martyrdom is far less often an occurrence in the lives of Christians, yet it does happen. However, the greater struggle is the one against sin, which we can see manifested in many ways throughout the world. The battle against wickedness and evil, which will be victorious in the end, is the current expression of the significance of Red Sunday. The Apostle Paul writes that Christ Himself endured such opposition, that we should not grow weary in our battle against wickedness. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul says: “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:4). We are to use the opportunity of Red Sunday to once again remind ourselves of Paul’s exhortation to remain steadfast in the Lord, and to continue our daily labors of goodness and righteousness.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-05-12 Red Sunday

2029-04-22 Red Sunday

2028-05-07 Red Sunday

2027-04-18 Red Sunday

2026-04-26 Red Sunday

2025-05-11 Red Sunday

2024-04-21 Red Sunday

2023-04-30 Red Sunday

2022-05-08 Red Sunday

2021-04-25 Red Sunday

2020-05-03 Red Sunday

Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

This year is celebrated in:: 2023-04-23

The second Sunday following the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Sunday of the World Church. It commemorates the first Church of Jerusalem, established by Christ.

On the first day of the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus instructs two of the Apostles, Peter and John, to go into Jerusalem and meet a man, who would direct them to a house where Christ and His Apostles could celebrate the Passover Feast. Peter and John are led to the “Upper Room” of a house, where they make the necessary preparations for the meal.  Later that evening Christ and the Twelve Apostles sit together to eat supper.

Christ speaks to them and says, “I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer:  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.” And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”  (Lk 22:15-20)

This “Last Supper” was the event where Jesus Christ established the Sacrament of Holy Communion, which we celebrate every Sunday during the Divine Liturgy in Armenian Churches throughout the world. The Upper Room in Jerusalem is considered to be the first Church, as founded by Christ. 

The Sunday of the World Church is also called “Green” Sunday, which according to Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, is the popular name of the feast and is linked with the awakening of nature in the springtime.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-05-05 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2029-04-15 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2028-04-30 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2027-04-11 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2026-04-19 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2025-05-04 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2024-04-14 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2023-04-23 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2022-05-01 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2021-04-18 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2020-04-26 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

2019-05-05 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)

New Sunday

This year is celebrated in:: 2023-04-16

This Sunday is called New Sunday because of three reasons.

Firstly, Easter means freedom and the new Sunday is a day of double freedom. God has set us free from sins, and however we are under the influence of passions. And when God does everything in a new way order to set us free from needs, it is called New Sunday.

This Sunday is called New Sunday also because of our resurrection. On the first Sunday Christ raised us from the dead thanks to His Soul and Power, and on the second Sunday he will raise us from the dead bodily, so that raising from the dead we will become immortal.

And finally, this Sunday is called New Sunday because we celebrate the feast of our soul saving in spiritual joy and fete.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2019-04-28 New Sunday

2020-04-19 New Sunday

2021-04-11 New Sunday

2022-04-24 New Sunday

2023-04-16 New Sunday

2024-04-07 New Sunday

2025-04-27 New Sunday

2026-04-12 New Sunday

2027-04-04 New Sunday

2028-04-23 New Sunday

2029-04-08 New Sunday

2030-04-28 New Sunday

Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

This year is celebrated in:: 2023-04-15

The Saturday following the Holy Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Armenian Church commemorates the beheading of St. John the Baptist (also known as The Forerunner).

The writers of the Gospels, St. Matthew and St. Mark, have explained the history of beheading of St. John the Baptist, who had baptized Christ, and gave the good news of His Coming (Mt 14:1-12; St. Mk 6:14-29).

According to the Evangelists, King Herod arrests and imprisons St. John the Baptist as a result of John’s condemnation of the king’s marriage to Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Herod wants to put John to death, but fears the Jews, because they considered John to be a prophet. On Herod’s birthday, fascinated by the dancing of the daughter of Herodias, the king makes an oath to give her anything for which she asks. Following her unforgiving mother’s instructions, she asks for the head of St. John the Baptist on a platter. The king, realizing he has been fooled, grants the request.

St. John the Baptist is one of the greatest saints in the Armenian Church. We entreat his name as an intercessor during the divine services, generally following the name of St. Mary.

According to tradition, St. Gregory the Illuminator, brings the relics of St. John to Armenia from Caesarea, and buries them near the town of Moush, after which the famous Monastery of St. John the Baptist is built. Tradition also tells us that the head of St. John the Baptist is buried underneath the Holy Altar of the Gandzasar Monastery in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh).

St. John the Baptist remains as one of the most popular saints among the Armenian faithful.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates
 

2019-04-27 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2020-04-18 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2021-04-10 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2022-04-23 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2023-04-15 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2024-04-06 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2025-04-26 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2026-04-11 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2027-04-03 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2028-04-22 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2029-04-07 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

2030-04-27 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

This year is celebrated in:: 2023-04-07

On April 7, the Armenian Church celebrates one of her greatest feasts - the Annunciation to St. Mary. In the Gospel of Luke we learn that the Angel Gabriel brings the good news to the Virgin about the birth of the Savior (Lk 1:26-38).

According to Holy Tradition and the Evangelist, the Angel Gabriel appears to St. Mary while reading a passage from the prophecy of Isaiah, in which it is written about the birth of the Emmanuel from a Virgin. The Angel greets Mary, telling her, “Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His Name JESUS.”

The Angel Gabriel further explains to Mary, “The Holy Sprit shall come upon you, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow you, therefore also that which is Holy which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.” St. Mary could foresee the torments and sufferings that she would endure. However, by giving mankind an excellent example of obedience to the Divine Will, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it happen to me as you have said.” Beginning from the moment when the Holy Virgin expressed these words, she was with child.

This Gospel story is one expression of why the Armenian Church accords high honor to motherhood, and appreciates the role of women in family life, and the lives of mankind.

Upon the Pontifical order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the Feast of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary is proclaimed as a day of “Blessing of Motherhood and Beauty”. On that day, a special blessing service is conducted in the Armenian Churches.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates
 

2019-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2020-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2021-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2022-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2023-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2024-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2025-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2026-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2027-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2028-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2029-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

2030-04-07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

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