July

Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-28

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

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

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-27

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

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Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-21

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

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

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-20

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

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Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-18

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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Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-16

Zechariah is one of the twelve prophets of the Old Testament, and his book consisting of 12 chapters, is the largest among the books of the prophets. It is also called the “Book of Hope” and through it we learn of God’s Kingdom in Israel by means of the rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple.

Prophecies from Zechariah date back to approximately 518 B.C., when Zerubbabel and Joshua were rebuilding the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem. It is there that Zechariah, as the prophet of the Lord, begins his mission among the Jews and actively supports the rebuilding of the Temple.

His prophecies are valuable not only for his visions, but also for his foretelling about the arrival of a Messiah – the Christ (Zechariah 9:9-10; 11:12-13; 12:10; 13:7; etc.). Zechariah has predicted the coming of Jesus Christ, His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, His crucifixion, His being pierced with a lance, His betrayal for thirty silver coins, etc. The Evangelists, writing about the events in the life of Christ, have often referred to the prophecies of Zechariah. According to St. Matthew the Evangelist, Zechariah the Prophet was murdered “between the Temple and the altar” (Matthew 23:35).

Zechariah’s teachings on behavior and spirit are vivid messages addressed to us all. According to them, neither effort nor means shall be spared for the construction or rebuilding of houses of prayer. For he writes that it is the temple that testifies for hope and faith, and the temple that guarantees national unity and perseverance.

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-07-07 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2021-06-29 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2022-07-12 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2023-07-04 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2024-06-25 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2025-07-15 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2026-06-30 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2027-06-22 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2028-07-11 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2029-06-26 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

2030-07-16 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah

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Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-15

St. Kalistratos was from the city of Chalcedon in Asia Minor. At the end of the third century, he was a captain serving in the Army of the Emperor Diocletian, who persecuted Christians. Kalistratos is imprisoned when he is found to be a Christian. He is placed in a sack and thrown into the sea. Through a Divine miracle, the captain is saved from death. Witnessing that their captain has been saved, 49 of his friends immediately convert to Christianity. Together, all 50 Christians are once again thrown to the sea, but once again God’s miraculous power saves them. They are finally pulled from the water and beheaded, thus meeting their deaths as martyrs.

Lukianos (Lucianus) the Priest, born in Samosata, is known as an eminent preacher of Christianity. He has been considered the head of the Antiochian School of Theology. Following his arrest, torture and lengthy imprisonment in the city of Nicomedia, he is martyred in 312 A.D. The edited version of the New Testament’s translation into Greek is ascribed to Lukianos, and is used through the present. St. John Chrysostom highly regarded him and his work.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-07-06 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2021-06-28 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2022-07-11 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2023-07-03 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2024-06-24 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2025-07-14 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2026-06-29 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2027-06-21 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2028-07-10 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2029-06-25 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

2030-07-15 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest

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Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-14

According to tradition, while en route to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage, two Greek princes come across a chest that once belonged to St. Mary. In Galilee, they see a large crowd gathered in front of a Jewish woman’s house. They inquire and find that the sick are being healed due to the inexplicable power of the chest. The princes bring the box to Constantinople and present it to the Patriarch, who places it in the Church of St. Mary. The Patriarch then establishes the Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box.

The Armenian Church celebrates this feast upon the order of the Catholicos Simeon from Yerevan, who accepted this tradition from the Greek Orthodox Church in the late 18th century.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-07-05 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2021-06-27 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2022-07-10 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2023-07-02 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2024-06-23 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2025-07-13 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2026-06-28 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2027-06-20 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2028-07-09 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2029-06-24 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

2030-07-14 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box

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Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-13

In 287 A.D. Tiridates (Trdat), from the royal house of Arshakouni, assumes the throne which once belonged to his father and becomes Tiridates III, King of Armenia. His name is inextricably linked with the Patron Saint of the Armenian Church, St. Gregory the Illuminator. In 301 A.D. the king releases the Christian Gregory from imprisonment and proclaims Christianity to be the State Religion of Armenia. In doing so, the king becomes the greatest advocate of spreading Christianity throughout the country.

The names of Queen Ashkhen and the King’s sister, Khosrovidoukht are closely related to the Great Conversion of Armenia as well. Princess Khosrovidoukht’s vision of a cure for the King’s incurable illness causes St. Gregory the Illuminator to be liberated from the dungeon of the deep pit. Gregory then is free to begin the process of spreading the light of Christianity, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

According to Greek historian Agathangelos, the King, the Queen and the Princess meet St. Gregory upon his return from Caesarea, to where he had traveled to receive episcopal ordination. Following a period of fasting and preparation, Gregory baptizes the three of them. They are followed by the baptism of the royal court and the nobles of Armenia. Through the baptism by Gregory, Tiridates becomes the first king in the world to rule over a Christian country. History also reveals that Tiridates, Ashkhen and Khosrovidoukht personally participate in the construction of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. The stones they used to build the cathedral were brought to Vagharshapat from the slopes of Biblical Mount Ararat.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-07-04 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2021-06-26 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2022-07-09 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2023-07-01 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2024-06-22 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2025-07-12 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2026-06-27 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2027-06-19 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2028-07-08 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2029-06-23 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

2030-07-13 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

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Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-11

Catholicos St. Sahak Partev and Archimandrite St. Mesrop (Vardapet) Mashtots are the founders of Armenian literature and ecclesiastical bibliography.

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.
St. Mesrop Mashtots was born in 360 A.D. and studied the Greek and Persian languages from childhood. He initially served as a scribe in the royal court. Leaving secular life behind, he becomes a monk and lives an ascetic life. During his preaching of the Gospel, St. Mesrop feels the necessity to create a distinct Armenian Alphabet and to have the Holy Bible translated into Armenian. For in those years, the Bible was only available in Greek and Syriac. In Armenia, there once were ciphers, or symbols, which were used by the former pagan priests. Following the Great Conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity, the symbols fell into disuse, and the only remaining copy was in Mesopotamia with a bishop named Daniel the Syrian. Upon the order of King Vramshapouh, the symbols are brought to Armenia from Bishop Daniel. However, while teaching his new students by means of those symbols for a short period of time, Mesrop soon finds them to be lacking, as they were imperfect and defective. Together with his students he departs for Mesopotamia, and visits the cities of Antioch, Edessa, and Samosata, to conduct further research. In 404/405 A.D., St. Mesrop creates the Armenian Alphabet through Divine Grace. For the first time in the history of the nation, the Armenian people had a specific and distinctive alphabet.

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”.
St. Mesrop Mashtots passed away in Vagharshapat, and was buried in his home village of Oshakan. According to tradition, during the entire journey of transferring the remains of

St. Mesrop to Oshakan, a canopy of light fell upon the pilgrims and accompanied them until they reached the tomb. The Church of St. Mesrop Mashtots, which exists to this day, was built over his grave.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-07-11 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2029-06-21 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2028-07-06 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2027-06-17 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2026-06-25 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2025-07-10 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2024-06-20 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2023-06-29 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2022-07-07 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2021-06-24 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

2020-07-02 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop

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