July

Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

This year is celebrated in:: 2021-07-31

St. Gregory the Theologian has left rich literary heritage, which was translated into Armenian in the 5-8th centuries AD. In all probability St. Moses of Khoronk has made a part of translations into Armenian. St. Gregory the Theologian is one of the most prominent figures of Christianity, who by means of the struggle against Arians has kept Christianity uncorrupted and by means of his works he has greatly influenced the formulation of the Christian theologian ideology.

St. Gregory the Theologian was born in 328 AD in the village Ariangue near the town Naziangue, of Cappadocia. He was the son of the Bishop Gregory. Gregory studied in Caesaria, and then in Athens. In Athens Gregory became acquainted with St. Barsegh of Ceasaria - one of the prominent figures of Christianity in the future. After leading ascetic life for a while, Gregory returned to Naziangue, where he was ordained as a priest by his father. Later he became the Bishop of Sasima. Together with St. Barsegh of Ceasaria St. Gregory the theologian struggled against the Arians. He participated in the 2nd Ecumenical Council of Constantinople. St. Gregory passed away on January 25, 389 AD.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-02-02 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2029-07-28 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2028-01-29 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2027-07-31 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2026-08-01 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2025-02-01 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2024-08-03 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2023-01-28 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2022-01-29 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

2021-07-31 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian

Commemoration of the Prophet Isaiah

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-23

The Prophet Isaiah is the first of the four major prophets of the Old Testament. He was born and spent almost his entire life in the city of Jerusalem, in the eight century B.C. The 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah are considered to be an ocean of wealth, concerned with issues related to God, justice, sin, religion and various social ills. Being an educated and intelligent man, he was the spiritual guide to four kings of Jerusalem, expressing God’s will on many national matters. His book, written in an unsurpassed style and spirit, is the link between the Old and the New Testaments.

Isaiah is also called the “Evangelist Prophet” for his prophesizing on the coming of the Messiah - Jesus Christ. In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 61, the prophet comes forth as a servant sent by the Lord’s Soul “to bring the good news to the poor and to take care of the desperate and hopeless.” Christ would later read the words of Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth, as He became the realization of that mission in the world (Luke 4:16-21).
According to tradition, Isaiah was killed by particularly brutal means.

Commemoration of the Apostle Thaddeus and the Virgin Sandoukht

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-25

St. Thaddeus the Apostle and St. Sandoukht the Virgin are two of the most venerated saints in the Armenian Church, as the “Great Conversion” of the Armenian nation to Christianity is significantly connected with their names.

Following the Ascension of Christ, according to the Lord’s message: “Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them make them my disciples...”, Thaddeus departs for Edessa. There he preaches the Gospel, and among his numerous miracles, also heals the king of Osrhoene named Abgar. In the year 44 A.D., Thaddeus travels on to Armenia and enters the domain of the pagan King Sanatrouk. After preaching in various parts of Armenia, St. Thaddeus converts many to Christianity, who become the foundation for the Armenian Church. The Apostle Thaddeus, while in the region of Artaz, gains access to the royal palace and converts Princess Sandoukht, the daughter of the king, to Christianity.

The Armenian King Sanatrouk becomes aware of his daughter’s conversion and exhorts her to return to her native heathen religion, but his efforts are in vain. The enraged king imprisons both the Virgin Sandoukht and St. Thaddeus and subjects them to severe torments. Another effort is made to persuade the Virgin to give up Christianity by the governor of the royal palace, an Armenian prince. This effort only ends with the prince becoming a Christian as well. The king, able to bear no more, finally orders the death of the Apostle Thaddeus and his own daughter, Sandoukht. They are martyred together in Shavarshan, the summer residence of the royal family.

Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-27

Bishop Cyprian has lived and acted in the 3rd century B. C. According to “Haysmavourk”, he was a noble prince and was very rich, wise and skilled in magic. In the town where he lived, Justinia, the daughter of a heathen priest, lived. Being Christian, she had converted her parents to Christianity. Receiving a heathen prince’s proposal to marry, she rejects him saying that she already is the bride of Christ. The prince asks for the support of the heathen priest Cyprian, but the latter, under the influence of the virgin, is baptized to be a Christian and soon after that being ordained a bishop, dedicates himself to the preaching mission. And the virgin Justinia is ordained to be a deaconess. During the persecution of Dekos Bishop Cyprian is exiled and beheaded. Virgin Justinia is also martyred.

The virgin Euphemia was born in a Christian family and she had made an oath not to marry and to dedicate all of her life to God. Together with her 45 companions she refuses to participate in the festivity in honor of one of the heathen gods and hides. However, being found and taken to the court the companions of Euphemia are swabbed and die immediately and Euphemia, after being subjected to severe torments is thrown to the beasts. Thanks to God’s protection and support she remains out of danger. But preferring to die being eaten by the beasts than because of the human malice, she asks God her death and is martyred.

The virgin Christina was from Phoenicia. She was the governor’s daughter. Building a high tower and installing in the tower golden and silver idols, the governor wishes her daughter to become a magician. But Christina, by a divine inspiration comprehending the grandeur of Christianity and the triviality of heathen religion, breaks the idols into pieces, sells the gold and silver material and distributes the sum to the poor. Because of that deed she is subjected to severe torments and is martyred.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates


2020-07-27 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2021-07-19 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2022-08-01 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2023-07-24 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2024-07-15 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2025-08-04 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2026-07-20 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2027-07-12 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2028-07-31 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2029-07-16 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

2030-08-05 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

Commemoration of Martyrdom of Sts. Antiochus the Bishop and his ten disciples and five martyrs

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-28

St. Antiochus was born in Sebastia, to a Christian family in the third century A.D. In the book “The Life and Activity of the Saints” we learn that Antiochus defeats a mighty dragon through prayer and the use of his preaching staff, and frees the people of a small village. He is appointed by the Metropolitan of Sebastia to be the Bishop of the city of Pitacton, located in Armenia (Hayk) Minor. During the period of Roman the Emperor Diocletian’s persecutions of Christians, Bishop Antiochus and his ten disciples are brought before a court to stand trial. They all refuse to offer sacrifices to the pagan idols and are martyred by means of beheading.

St. Gregory the Illuminator’ wife, Mariam, was the sister of Antiochus. Upon Gregory’s return from Caesaria, he brings the relics of Bishop Antiochus and St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) to Armenia and buries the relics in the Monastery of Glak, in the region of Ashtishat, Province of Taron.

Commemoration of the Holy Forefather

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-30

The Septuagint (first translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, made into popular Greek before the Christian era, III century B.C.) uses the name “Patriarch” when referring to the forefathers or ancestors of spiritual and lay leaders of the Old Testament. They are: Adam, Abel, Seth, Enosh, Enoch, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Eliezer, Joshua, Samuel, Samson, Jephthah, Barak, Gideon, and other Holy Patriarchs.

The Church has classified our forefather Adam into the class of saints, confirming the truth that Christ’s saving blood was shed for each and every person, starting from the ancestor of all people. By means of the salvation of Adam, original sin is redeemed from all who have followed him, who repent, believe and are baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity, thus becoming members of the Church of Christ.

The word “Ancestor” is also synonymous with “Head of Tribe”. The Holy Forefathers, as heads of tribes, played a very important role. Many of them lived hundreds of years, and influenced their families and tribal members. Their minds and souls sustained a desire to become closer to divine existence and live a God-pleasing life. Feeling the presence of God, they advised, warned and taught the people to stay away from sinful ways. Due to their saintly way of life, they continue to be vivid examples for us. The ultimate goal of their lives was the realization of God’s omnipotent will on earth. Acting as mediators with God, they made relations between God and man closer and more sincere. In our present day and current times, their sacred desire to achieve justice and fairness is a valuable lesson for all.

Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-19

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the five main “Tabernacle” feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church. It commemorates the transformation or the “transfiguration” that came over Jesus while He was praying. Christ’s face shone like the sun and his clothes became a radiant and gleaming white. The Apostles Peter, James and John witnessed that event which occurred on a high mountain named Tabor.

Evangelists St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Luke testify about the transfiguration of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:1-12, Luke 9:28-36).
“... As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun and his clothes were dazzling white. Then the three disciples saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. So Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased – listen to him!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground. Jesus came to them and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid!” So they looked up and saw no one there but Jesus. (Matthew 17:2-8)

In the Armenian Church, the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated 98 days following Easter. The Feast also is known by the common name of “Vardakas”. This day is associated with an old Armenian tradition of pouring water on one another. Some sources attribute the tradition as a remnant of an Armenian pre-Christian celebration. The Monday following the Feast is a Memorial Day.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-07-19 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2021-07-11 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2022-07-24 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2023-07-16 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2024-07-07 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2025-07-27 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2026-07-12 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2027-07-04 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2028-07-23 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2029-07-08 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2030-07-28 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-18

Tabernacle of the Old Testament is the most sacred sanctity of the Old Testament, where the board of the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s ornament crosier and the golden urn full of manna were kept. Christian Church is considered to be the prototype of the New Testament - that is - the Church of Christ. So, this feast has been included in the calendar to symbolize the mystery of eternity of the Church.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-07-18 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2021-07-10 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2022-07-23 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2023-07-15 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2024-07-06 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2025-07-26 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2026-07-11 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2027-07-03 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2028-07-22 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2029-07-07 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

2030-07-27 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church

Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-12

This is the Sunday preceding the week prior to the fasting period preceding the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Transfiguration called in the Armenian Apostolic Church Fast of Transfiguration lasting from Monday to Friday. Saturday, the last day of the fasting period, is the eve of the feast, which means that that day people can eat fish and dairy products.

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-07-21 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2029-07-01 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2028-07-17 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2027-06-27 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2026-07-05 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2025-07-20 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2024-07-30 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2023-07-09 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2022-07-17 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2021-07-04 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

2020-07-12 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-11

Twelve Apostles elected by Our Lord Jesus Christ, were Christ’s disciples and first preachers of His doctrine, as well as the Incarnate Christ’s witnesses.
“Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out devil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness.” (The Gospel according to Matthew 10:1).

These were the names of the twelve Apostles Simeon (called Peter), Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Patriot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. Later instead of Judas Iscariot Apostle Matthias was chosen, who was added to the group of eleven apostles.

Remaining faithful to Incarnate Christ’s last message the apostles went to all peoples everywhere and preached and taught the Commandments of Jesus, baptized them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, thus becoming the founders of the Christ’s Church. One of the greatest preachers of Christ’s commandments is Apostle Paul, who is recognized by the Christian Church as the thirteenth Apostle.

The section of the Bible called “The Acts of the Apostles” is dedicated to the apostles’ activity. And there are references on Apostle Paul’s preaching, his person and his activity in his 14 letters addressed to the church communities, established by himself, and individual Christians.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-07-20 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2029-06-30 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2028-07-15 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2027-06-26 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2026-07-04 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2025-07-19 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2024-06-29 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2023-07-08 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2022-07-16 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2021-07-03 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

2020-07-11 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul

Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

This year is celebrated in:: 2020-07-09

Prophet Elisha has lived in the IX century B.C. He was the disciple of the Prophet Elisha. 13 wonders are ascribed to the prophet Elisha and about those wonders it is told in the First and Second Books of the Holy Bible. Prophet Elisha has continued to work wonders even after his death. It is told in the Old Testament that a year after the prophet’s death the corpse of a dead man was thrown into Elisha’s tomb. As soon as the body came into contact with Elisha’s bones the man came back to life and stood up.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-07-18 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2029-06-28 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2028-07-13 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2027-06-24 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2026-07-02 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2025-07-17 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2024-06-27 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2023-07-06 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2022-07-14 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2021-07-01 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

2020-07-09 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

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