February

Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-28

The third Sunday of the period of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Lost Son according to the Parable of the Lost Son told in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:15-32), the content of which is the following. There was once a man who had two sons. Upon the request of the younger one he divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country and he was left without a thing. In that time of trouble he remembered his father’s house, regretted for his reckless living and returned to his father’s home. Seeing that his younger son has regretted, the father received him joyfully. Whereas the elder son complained, saying that during all those years he had worked for his father like a slave and had never disobeyed his orders, and however, he had never deserved such honor. His father answered him: “My son, you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and to be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.”

The elder and the younger sons are the righteous and the sinful souls, and father’s receiving his lost son means that in the same way God receives the regretting sinner. The allegoric meaning of the parable is in the elder son symbolizing all those who are righteous or think that there are righteous. The parable admonishes all of them not to be self-conceited.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-03-17 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2029-02-25 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2028-03-12 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2027-02-21 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2026-03-01 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2025-03-16 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2024-02-25 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2023-03-05 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2022-03-13 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2021-02-28 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

2020-03-08 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-27

St. Cyril of Jerusalem is one of the prominent Patriarchs of Jerusalem. He has been repeatedly persecuted by the supporters of the Arian heresy, he has been exiled, and however, eventually again has become the Patriarch of Jerusalem. He has participated in the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople. Many sermons and speeches of the Patriarch Cyril about Christian doctrine have been translated into Armenian. His letter addressed to the King Costandios on the occasion of the apparition of the Holy Cross in the sky of Jerusalem is up to date read in the Armenian churches. Patriarch Cyril’s collection of sermons is instructive and edifying for those who are preparing for baptism. According to the tradition the basin in which Patriarch Cyril has been baptized is inside the Chapel of St Stephen of the Church of St. Hakob (St. James), of Jerusalem.

The Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates the memory of the Patriarch Cyril twice during the year.

St. Cyril the Bishop is the contemporary of St. Cyril the Patriarch. His secular name is Huda. According to the hagiographical sources, well knowing the locality, Bishop Cyril helps the queen Heghine (Helen) to find the Holy cross of Christ, Witnessing the wonder-working power of the Holy Cross Bishop Cyril is baptized together with his mother, Anna, and after the baptism is renamed “Cyril”. Later he is ordained a bishop and during the period of exile of the Patriarch Cyril he takes his place for a time. Being subjected to severe torments, Bishop Cyril and his mother have been killed during the persecutions realized by the King Julianos the Betrayer.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-03-16 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2029-02-24 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2028-03-11 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2027-02-20 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2026-02-28 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2025-03-15 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2024-02-24 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2023-03-04 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2022-03-12 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2021-02-27 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

2020-03-07 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna

February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-21

The second Sunday of the period of Great lent is called the Sunday of Expulsion. The basis of the mystery of and the name of the day can be found in the Holy Bible, the Book of Genesis: “So the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden and made him cultivate the soil from which he had been formed” (Genesis 3:23). Prehistory is the following. The human being, listening to the deceitful words of Satan, disobeyed the divine commandments and ate the forbidden fruit, As punishment the human being, the human being, of course, didn’t die at once, but was deprived of the eternity granted by God and was cursed Since then man must work hard and sweat to make the soil produce enough food, and woman will have pain in giving birth to her offspring. And in end God said to the human being: “You were made from soil and you will become soil again” (Genesis 3:19).

The church Fathers have given the Sundays of the Period of great lent such names and mysteries which symbolize the mankind’s way of life – birth, sinning, regret and repentance. This should serve for the human being as an occasion for thinking of himself/herself and his/her lifer so that the period of great Lent should be fruitful and productive.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-03-10 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2029-02-18 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2028-03-05 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2027-02-14 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2026-02-22 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2025-03-09 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2024-02-18 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2023-02-26 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

2022-03-06 February 10 - Sunday of Expulsion

Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-20
St. Theodoros the Captain is a Saint recognized by all traditional churches of Christendom. The Armenian Church commemorates this Saint on the first Saturday during the period of Great Lent.

According to hagiographers, St. Theodoros was born to God-fearing and pious parents in the village of Saroo, near the town of Amasia. He was a soldier in the Roman Army, and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a Captain.

In the beginning of the fourth century, Rome was under the rule of the Emperor Diocletian. Instead of worshipping at the temple of the pagan goddess Rea, as he had been instructed to, St. Theodoros burns the temple to the ground, thus demonstrating that pagan idols were false. For this act, Diocletian imprisons St. Theodoros, and he suffers severe tortures. In the year 306 A.D., he is martyred by being set on fire.

St. Theodoros is also known as the “Slayer of the Dragon”, as he was said to have defeated a great and mighty dragon due to his courage and faith.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2021-02-20 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2022-03-05 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2023-02-25 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2024-02-17 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2025-03-08 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2026-02-21 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2027-02-13 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2028-03-04 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2029-02-17 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

2030-03-09 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain

About the Great Lent

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-15
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This year the period of Great Lent starts on February 16. It lasts 48 days beginning on the Eve of Great and lasts till the Eve of the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Easter). This year the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated on April 5.

During the fasting period people eat exceptionally food of vegetable origin.
During the fasting period people not only refuse of certain kinds of food, but also of ill habits – talkativeness, lying, swearing and other sins.
Refusing from food without avoiding of sins is useless. “Satan always fasts, it does not eat anything and however, it does not and is not tired of sinning,” says St Gregory of Tatev. During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says the following about fasting: “Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; that you appear not unto men to fast, but unto your Father which is in secret: and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward you openly.” (Mt 6:16-18). Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us the way of fasting. As disease makes influence on the body in the same way sin makes influence on the soul. It is not fasting that atones the sin. It is God that gives absolution to sins. However, fasting is important in giving absolution to sins. Repentance, prayer and confession are the main conditions for receiving absolution of sins.
Forty days of fasting period symbolize Christ’s 40-day lasting period of abstinence and repentance in the desert. After His baptism Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil and in those days he did eat nothing” (Lk 4:1-3). Jesus subjected Himself to abstinence for the salvation of mankind, He repented instead of mankind so that penitence of all those who fast should gain sense and be realized by means of His abstinence. Another period of fasting lasting for a week follows the 40-day fasting period. It is the Holy Week. That is why the forty-day called fasting period lasts 48 days.
The period of Great Lent consists of seven remarkable Sundays: Eve of Great Lent, Sunday of Expulsion, Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Son, Sunday of the Steward, Sunday of the Judge, Sunday of Advent and Palm Sunday.
The 24th day or the fourth Wednesday of the period of Great Lent is called Mijink symbolizing that first half of the period of Great Lent has already passed. This year Mijink is on March 11. That day fasting is not stopped. According to folk tradition the housewives bake unleavened cake and put a coin in it while baking. The current year will be successful for the member of the family who will have the coin in his/her portion.
According to ancient traditions marriage and offering sacrifice were forbidden during the period of Great Lent. However, by the pontifical encyclical of Vazken A Catholicos of all Armenians it was permitted in case of extreme necessity to perform the sacrament of marriage during the period of Great Lent and on Sundays except all days of the Holy Week.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-03-04 About the Great Lent

2028-02-28 About the Great Lent

2026-02-16 About the Great Lent

2024-02-12 About the Great Lent

2022-02-28 About the Great Lent

2021-02-15 About the Great Lent

2023-02-20 About the Great Lent

2025-03-03 About the Great Lent

2027-02-08 About the Great Lent

2029-02-12 About the Great Lent

Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-14
The Armenian Church has defined the period of Great Lent as a time of abstinence and repentance for the faithful. Each Sunday during this period is named after an event in the Holy Bible that contains the message of the day. According to the calendar, the days prior to weekly fasts, as well as Great Lent, (with the exception of the fast preceding Holy Nativity) are called Barekendan. The word Barekendan means “good living” or “good life”, as we are called to live cheerfully, joyfully, and to be happy on these days preceding fasting periods.

On these days of Barekendan, the angel’s words addressed to the prophet Elijah are fulfilled: “Arise and eat, otherwise the journey will be too great for you” (1 Kings 19:7). The Armenian Church thus allows her faithful to organize games, festivals, carnivals and large, plentiful meals to observe the feast, as it is followed by a period of fasting and abstinence.

The Eve of Great Lent, as Great Barekendan is also called, commemorates the human bliss, which Adam and Eve enjoyed in the Garden of Eden. It also symbolizes the heavenly right, according to which, mankind could eat all types of fruit, except the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Barekendan is the manifestation of the virtues of the soul, through which people can transform mourning to joy, and torment to peace. It is with this comprehension, with bowing of our souls, penitence, fasting and hope for mercy, that each Christian individual should take his first step on the long, 40 day journey of Great Lent, culminating with the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The period starting from the day following the Great Barekendan and lasting till the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is called Great Lent. In the period of the Great Lent, people, refraining from bodily pleasures and sins, get prepared for the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ by means of abstinence and repentance. Both spiritual and moral and bodily abstinence are considered to be important.Our church fathers have called the period of the Great Lend as “Karasnordats”, as the period of fasting lasts 40 days. This period of the Great Lent is also called “Salt and bread”, as in the past during the period of the Great Lent people have eaten only salt and bread.

In the New and old Testaments there are many testimonies concerning the period of Great Lent. Moses fasted for forty days and only then received the Lord’s rules and canons. However, this period is related to 40-day period of temptation of Christ in the desert, following which our Church fathers established this period of fasting.

Fasting may be of three kinds: usual fasting, rigorous abstinence and absolute fasting. In case of usual fasting people can eat only food of vegetable origin. In case of rigorous fasting people refuse to eat any food even of vegetable origin. And in case of absolute fasting people refuse to eat any kind of food, including even bread and water.

During the period of the Great Lent curtains in the churches are closed in commemoration of the fact that after sinning Adam was exiled from Eden and the doors were closed before him.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates
2021-02-14 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2022-02-27 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2023-02-19 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2024-02-11 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2025-03-02 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2026-02-15 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2027-02-07 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2028-02-27 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2029-02-11 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

2030-03-03 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan

Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-13
During different periods of history the Ecumenical Church has faced various problems of doctrinal, administrative and organizational nature, solutions to which have been provided during the Ecumenical Councils. One of such councils was the Second Ecumenical Council convened upon the order of the King Theodosios in Constantinople, in 381.

As the result of Arian disputes a new heresy had appeared, the head and supporter of which was Bishop Makedon of Constantinople, who denied the deity of the Holy Spirit. The Ecumenical Council convened in Constantinople on that special occasion, re-endorsed the definition of the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea and stack for the formulation “One deity, three persons”.

Accepting the Ecumenical Council, the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates the memory of 150 Patriarchs participating in the Council.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-03-02 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2029-02-10 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2028-02-26 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2027-02-06 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2026-01-24 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2025-03-01 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2024-02-10 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2023-02-18 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2022-02-26 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

2021-02-13 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople

Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-11
The Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and his 1036 Companions marks their martyrdom 1551 years ago in the battle of Avarayr, fighting for the freedom of conscience and religion for the Armenian Nation. It was to be the first testimony of many to follow that the Armenians were a people who freely chose Christ, remained steadfast in their Christian faith, and would not betray that faith for any ransom. “Vartanants” as it is commonly called, is one of the most sacred feasts of the Armenian people.

In the Armenian Church, the Feast day of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions is also celebrated as the Naming Day of His Holiness Karekin II. To mark the occasion, at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, a Pontifical Prayer is offered before the Holy Altar of Descent.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2021-02-11 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2022-02-24 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2023-02-16 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2024-02-08 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2025-02-27 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2026-02-12 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2027-02-04 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2028-02-24 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2029-02-08 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

2030-02-28 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-09
The Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions is dedicated to the blessed memory of the Armenian priests who fought alongside St. Vartan and the entire Armenian Nation for their Christian faith in 451 A.D. in the Battle of Avarayr.

The eldest among them was Priest St. Ghevond, and among his companions were Catholics Hovsep, Bishop Sahak of Syunik, Bishop Tatik of Basen, Priest Mushe or Mushegh, Priest Arshen, Priest Samuel, Deacons Abraham and Kajajn.

After the Battle of Avarayr the Persian King Hazkert took revenge on Armenians and ordered to kill the brave priests.

According to the tradition the day of the Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions is the day of the clergy.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-02-26 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2029-02-06 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2028-02-22 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2027-02-02 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2026-02-10 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2025-02-25 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2024-02-06 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2023-02-13 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2022-02-22 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

2021-02-09 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-08
St. Mark was the Bishop of Aritus in the half of the 4th century. Famous theological doctrines are ascribed to him. During the period of reign of the king Julianus the Betrayer he was subjected to torments, then he was exiled to a remote island, where he passed away dedicating the last years of his life to Christian preaching.

Priest St. Pion also has been one of the devoted advocates of Christianity. It is known that he has served in Smyrna, where he has been martyred for preaching Christianity.

Deacon St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin have been martyred for the sake of Christian faith. Accusing Kyouregh (Cyril) in destroying heathen temples, Julianus the Betrayer allowed the heathen priests to judge him and the heathen priests subjected him to severe torments. Deacon St. Benjamin was martyred during the period of reign of the Persian king Hazkert I for preaching Christianity among the Persians.

Among the victims martyred during the period of reign of the King Hazkert I were Vormzdana, minister of the Persian royal palace, and Sayen, a Persian noble. Both of them being deprived of royal and noble pleasures and privileges continued to remain loyal to Christian faith and were martyred for the sake of Christian faith.

Abdlmseh was the son of rich Jews living in Persia. While pasturing his father’s cattle Abdlmseh was acquainted with other Christians of the same age, who baptized him and renamed Abdlmseh, which means “Servant of Christ.” Becoming aware of his son’s converting to Christianity and not succeeding to force him to renounce of Christianity, his father stabbed him in the same place where the saint had been baptized.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-02-25 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2029-02-05 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2028-02-21 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2027-02-01 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2026-02-09 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2025-02-24 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2024-02-05 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2023-02-06 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2022-02-21 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

2021-02-08 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen

Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-06
Pontiff St. Sahak Partev was the elder son of Catholicos St. Nersess the Great, and the last Catholicos of the Armenian Church who descended from the lineage of St. Gregory the Illuminator. He became Catholicos of All Armenians in 387 A.D., and reigned for an astounding 52 years. Being talented in music and educated in the rhetorical arts, philosophy and linguistics, St. Sahak greatly contributed to the development of Armenian national culture. He was the strongest advocate for the creation of an Armenian Alphabet, and became its chief patron.

Following the creation of the Armenian Alphabet, St. Sahak and St. Mesrop opened a school for translators in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin). There they begin the translation of the Holy Bible into Armenian and did it so perfectly, that centuries hence the Armenian Translation is called the “Queen Translation of the Breath of God”. The first sentence translated from the Holy Bible is the opening verse of the Book of Proverbs: “To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding”.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2021-02-06 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2022-02-19 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2023-02-11 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2024-02-03 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2025-02-22 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2026-02-07 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2027-01-30 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2028-02-19 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2029-02-03 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

2030-02-23 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-04
Sts. Voskians were five ambassadors sent by the Roman emperor to the Armenian king Sanatruk. They came to Armenia in the half of the 1st century, met the Apostle St. Bartholomew and as a result of his preaching they were baptized and converted to Christianity. One of them – Khrussi (in Armenian his name means “Voski” (“Gold”) and hence – the name “Voskians”) was ordained into the holy order of priesthood.

After the martyrdom of the Apostle St. Bartholomew they were isolated in the mountains Tsaghkavet of Tsaghkotn province and led an ascetic life for about 40 years. Being led by the divine message they came to the Armenian royal court to preach Christianity the Armenian king Artashes and the queen Satenik. In the royal court only the relatives of the queen Satenik followed the Voskians. 12 servants of the royal court who had come with the queen Satenik to Armenia from Alans’ country, were baptized in the river Euphrates and left together with the Voskians for the mountains.

Sts. Voskians are among the first martyrs and hermits of the Armenian Apostolic Church.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2022-02-17 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2023-02-09 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2024-02-01 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2025-02-20 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2026-02-05 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2027-01-28 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2028-02-17 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2029-02-01 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

2030-02-21 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests

Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-01-02

Relatives of the queen Satenik, being the followers of Sts. Voskian priests, later were called Sukiasians, as their leader’s name was Sukias. Not managing to persuade and to return their former servants the Armenian princes took revenge on their preachers – Sts. Voskians and killed them by swords.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2022-02-15 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2023-02-07 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2024-01-30 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2025-02-18 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2026-02-03 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2027-01-26 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2028-02-15 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2029-01-30 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

2030-02-19 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas

Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-01

Sts. Atomians were the Armenian captains Atom Gnouni and Manajihr Reshtouni who together with their regiments served in the Persian royal court during the period of reign of the idolater king Hazkert. Upon the excitation of archimagi king Hazkert started persecutions against Christians in order to eradicate Christian faith in Persia. Captains Atom Gnouni and Manajihr Reshtouni received an edict from Hazkert inviting the captains together with their regiments to the royal palace with the intention of forcing them to apostasy. At first the Armenian captains obeyed the order, but being aware of the trap prepared by the king they started back home and on their way home they stopped in the province of Andzevatsyats. Becoming aware of the numerous Persian Army persecuting them soldiers of the captain Atom Gnouni, encouraged by the prophesy of a saint hermit living on the mountain preferred voluntary martyrdom. Persian Army reaching the Armenian regiment surrounded them and killed the saints by words. Whereas Manajihr Reshtouni and his soldiers reached his native land – Reshtounik, where he confessed his being Christian and was martyred in 449 AD.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-02-18 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2029-01-29 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2028-02-15 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2027-01-25 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2026-02-02 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2025-02-17 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2024-01-29 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2023-02-06 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2022-02-15 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

2021-02-01 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians

Commemoration of St. Vahan of Goghten

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-08

Vahan of Goghten was the son of Prince Khosrov, the Governor of the province of Goghten. In childhood, together with many other Armenian princes, he was captivated by the Arabs and was taken to Damask, where is circumcised and renamed Vahab.

Vahan was a very clever and skilled young man. Receiving proper education he undertook various responsibilities in the royal court. Despite the fact that he was brought up and educated in Arabic environment, Vahan knew about his ancestors. He hadn’t forgotten that he had been Christian and came from a noble family. In 719 AD The Armenian Pontiff Hovhannes of Odzoun paid a visit to the Governor of Damask, and upon his request the Governor allowed the captives to return to their homeland. Taking the opportunity Vahan also expressed wish to visit his homeland and was allowed on condition of returning. Reaching Armenia, Vahan became aware of the Governor’s death and took a decision to remain in his homeland. He married the daughter of the Prince Babken, the Governor of Syounik province, and lived there. However, the New Governor of Damask began the searches for Vahan. The latter concealing himself, wandered in his homeland, in Georgia, visited many churches and monasteries and finally stopped in the town Routsap, in Syria. Rejecting the governor’s suggestion to change his faith, he was martyred in 737 AD. On the day of the saint’s commemoration a special church hymn is sung, the author of which is his sister Khosrovidoukht.

When is celebrated

28.07.2008
26.01.2009
02.08.2010
25.01.2011
24.01.2012
30.07.2013
23.01.2014
22.01.2015
01.08.2016
24.01.2017
31.07.2018
22.01.2019
23.01.2020
02.08.2021
25.01.2022
24.01.2023
30.06.2024
23.01.2025
22.01.2026
29.07.2027
25.01.2028
31.07.2029
22.01.2030

Commemoration of Sts. Martyrs Gordios, Poghiktos and Grigoris

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-02-08

Gordios was a Captain from Caesaria. His parents were pious Christians. He served in the Royal Army during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian’s. Witnessing many cases of unfairness and injustice, he was isolated and devoted himself to God. When the Emperor Likianus started the persecutions against Christians, Gordios went to Caesaria and confessed to the heathen crowd that he was Christian and started to preach them the Truth. He was imprisoned and forced to offer sacrifice to the idols. But St. Gordios remained unshaken in his faith. After severe torments he passed away in 320 AD. Christians gathered his relics and buried them.

Poghiktos is the first martyr of the Armenian town Melitene. Thanks to his friend he adopted Christianity. He prohibited the reading of the King’s Charter before the idols and tore it into pieces. For that deed he was martyred being beheaded. in 259 AD.

Grigoris has been martyred in 549 AD as the result of persecutions of the Persian king Denshapouh. Grigoris was Persian by nationality. Before baptism his name was Manajihr. During the reign of the Armenian Governor Mzhezh Gnouni he left for Armenia and was baptized and received a new name – Grigoris. Afterwards he entered a monastery and began to lead monastic life. When the King Denshapouh came to Armenia and found out that in the past Grigoris had been fire-worshipper, forced him to return to his old faith. But St. Grigoris did not betray Christ and was martyred.

When is celebrated

28.07.2008
22.01.2009
02.08.2010
24.01.2011
23.01.2012
29.07.2013
21.01.2014
22.01.2015
28.07.2016
23.01.2017
30.07.2018
21.01.2019
21.01.2020
02.08.2021
24.01.2022
23.01.2023
29.06.2024
21.01.2025
22.01.2026
29.07.2027
24.01.2028
30.07.2029
21.01.2030

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