June

Second Palm Sunday

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-02

On the Sunday following the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, the Armenian Church celebrates “Second” Palm Sunday. The name of the feast has been derived from Palm Sunday, which precedes Easter. In the week leading up to His betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection, the “first” Palm Sunday symbolized the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem where people met Him with great joy and glorified His Holy Name. 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 tradition, during St. Gregory the Illuminator’s imprisonment in the pit, he was visited every day by the same angel. However one day, the angel did not come. The following morning, St. Gregory inquires to the reason for his absence, to which the angel responds that during the Ascension, Christ had passed through the ranks of the Angels, and they celebrate that feast each year. The angel visiting St. Gregory was from the fourth class of angelic hosts, and thus, on the fourth day following the Ascension, his rank of angels commemorates and celebrates Christ’s Ascension to heaven every year.

St. Gregory of Datev, one of the greatest theologians of the Armenian Church, has a famous interpretation of this event. Prior to His Ascension, the ranks of angels, except for the lowest class, who served Christ during His earthly life, were not aware of Christ’s incarnation for the salvation of man. St. Gregory’s commentary states that when the Lord was passing through the ranks of angels, they were surprised and asked, “Who was that powerful king?” The angels accompanying Christ thus informed them. This dialogue of angels is presented in the Holy Bible, in the book of Psalms:

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.”
“Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in
battle.”
“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.”
“Who is this King of glory?”
“The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.”
(Psalms 24:7-10).
The angelic dialogue is exhibited for us, when it is heard during the Divine Liturgy, as the deacon approaches the celebrant priest with the chalice during the Great Entrance (Verapehroom).

Second Palm Sunday is one more reminder of the Ascension of Christ and grants us the hope for ascending to heaven after our deaths, and being in the bliss of God’s presence.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-05-24 Second Palm Sunday

2021-05-16 Second Palm Sunday

2022-05-29 Second Palm Sunday

2023-05-21 Second Palm Sunday

2024-05-12 Second Palm Sunday

2025-06-01 Second Palm Sunday

2026-05-17 Second Palm Sunday

2027-05-09 Second Palm Sunday

2028-05-28 Second Palm Sunday

2029-05-13 Second Palm Sunday

2030-06-02 Second Palm Sunday

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Feast of Pentecost

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-09

The Feast of Pentecost is the commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the fiftieth day following the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Armenian Church celebrates this feast 50 days following Easter Sunday.

The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons in the Holy Trinity coexisting with, and equal to, the Holy Father and the Holy Son. During His earthly life and ministry Christ spoke to the Apostles about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Recording the words of Christ, St. John writes, “The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.” (John 14:26).

The descent of the Holy Spirit is described in the Acts of the Apostles: “When the day of the Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. (Acts 2:1-4).

In the book of Acts, St. Luke further records the names of various countries, and that men from those countries were surprised, when each of them heard his native language. Among the mentioned places are Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia (Acts 2:9). Two of the saints of the Universal Church, both of Roman origin, Tertullian and Augustine, have written that the word “Armenia” should possibly be substituted instead of “Judea”, as it is more logical that Armenia would be mentioned among those as a “foreign” country, as the apostles were living in Judea. Moreover, with regards to geographical position, Armenia was situated between Mesopotamia and Cappadocia. Therefore, the people living in Armenia may have been among the first witnesses of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Among the Armenian Church songs and hymns, two are dedicated to the Feast of Pentecost: “The Sent Dove” (referring to the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove that descended upon Christ during His Baptism) and “Indivisible Trinity”. These are sung during the Morning Service on the feast day. Also, during the Evening Service, the “Andastan” rite of the blessing of the four corners of the world is conducted. It is during this service that a prayer written by 12th century Armenian Church father Nerses of Lambron, is read.

In the Christian Church the teaching of divine grace is related to the Holy Spirit. According to that instruction, each virtue is a divine grace granted to the faithful by the Holy Spirit. Thus, ascribing any virtue to one’s own self, and not to God, is a grave sin and can be manifested in another, which is pride. Hence, commemoration of Pentecost is also an appeal to the faithful to avoid pride and instead, use the divine graces in life for righteous purposes and moral goals.

One of the four season fasting periods defined by the Armenian Apostolic Church is the fasting period preceding the beginning of summer. This fasting period, as well as the other ones preceding the other seasons of the year, is not preparation for any feast, and according to the tradition is called Elijah’s fast, as coincides the feast of commemoration the Prophet Elijah the next Sunday.

This fasting period preceding the beginning of summer starts the day following the feast of Pentecost (the flesh day preceding the fast is the Sunday, when the feast of Pentecost is celebrated). With the change of the Easter Feast day the beginning of the fasting period may be during the period May 11-June 14. Like the other fasting periods preceding the other seasons of the year, this one also lasts five days - from Monday till Friday.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-05-31 Feast of Pentecost

2021-05-23 Feast of Pentecost

2022-06-05 Feast of Pentecost

2023-05-27 Feast of Pentecost

2024-05-19 Feast of Pentecost

2025-06-08 Feast of Pentecost

2026-05-27 Feast of Pentecost

2027-05-16 Feast of Pentecost

2028-06-04 Feast of Pentecost

2029-05-20 Feast of Pentecost

2030-06-09 Feast of Pentecost

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Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-16

Prophet Elijah is one of the major prophets of the Old Testament, distinguished for his loyalty to the Lord, for his zealous struggle against idolatry spread in Israel by the apostate king Ahab and his idolatrous wife, Queen Jezebel.

Prophet Elijah lived in the IX century B.C. In the First Book of Kings (17-18) and the Second Book of Kings (1-2) is told about the activity of the Prophet Elijah. Evangelists also mention the name of the Prophet Elijah.

In the First Book of Kings it is told that being the true herald of the Word of God Elijah, by the Lord’s will appeared before the apostate king Ahab and warned about the upcoming drought. His prophecy came true and after three years the Prophet again went to the king Ahab. Proving the weakness of the idolatrous, Prophet Elijah prayed God asking to send down fire for the sacrifice and a heavy rain. It is also told that thanks to the divine grace the Prophet Elijah helped the widow in Zarephath making so that her bowl wouldn’t run out of flour and her jar wouldn’t run of oil, also restored the widow’s dead sun to life.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-06-07 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2021-05-30 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2022-06-12 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2023-06-04 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2024-05-26 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2025-06-15 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2026-05-31 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2027-05-23 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2028-06-11 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2029-05-27 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

2030-06-16 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

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Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-17

Noble Hripsime was one of the 37 Christian nuns who together with the Abyss Gayane lived during the period of the reign of the Roman King Diocletianus (284-305 years) in the Monastery of St. Paul located in the mountains of Rome.

Pretty Hripsime captivated the King by her dazzling beauty, who wished to get married to her. Disobeying the king, the pious nuns, led by their Abyss Gayane, ran away from Alexandria. According to the tradition, Holy Godmother appeared to them and told them to leave for the Araratian country - Armenia. So, the nuns went to Vagharshapat. On their way, passing by the Mountain of Varague, Hripsime buried in the earth a relic from the wooden Holy Cross, which she always had on her neck. The relic was found by a miracle in the 7th century and since then the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varague started to be celebrated in the Calendar of the Armenian Apostolic Church along with the other feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross.

The Armenian King Tiridates, becoming aware of the nun’s story, himself wished to get married to Hripsime. Hripsime was brought to the palace, and Gayane was also brought to the palace to convince Hripsime to obey the King. But even in that way the King did not manage to get married to Hripsime and becoming angry, ordered to kill all the nuns. Nine days later St. Gregory the Illuminator found the relics of the nuns and burying the relics, built martyriums in those sites, where in the future the Monasteries of St. Hripsime, St. Gayane and St. Shoghakat were erected.

Nuns’ mardyrdom is a turning point in the history of the Armenian nation. After their martyrdom St. Gregory the Illuminator was brought out of the pit after more than 13 years’ imprisonment to spread the light of Christ in Armenia.

In the Armenian Apostolic Church on the days of the feasts dedicated to the memory of St. Hripsime and her companions a Divine Liturgy is celebrated in all Armenian Churches. On the eve of the feast ceremonies are held, which start after the evening service, and Church hymns and songs, dedicated to the nuns, are sang.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-17 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2029-05-28 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2028-06-12 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2027-05-24 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2026-06-01 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2025-06-16 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2024-05-27 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2023-06-05 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2022-06-13 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2021-05-31 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

2020-06-08 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

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Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-18

In the Armenian Apostolic Church on the days of the feasts dedicated to the memory of St. Gayane and her companions a Divine Liturgy is celebrated in all Armenian Churches. On the eve of the feast ceremonies are held, which start after the evening service, and Church hymns and songs, dedicated to the nuns, are sang.
St. Gayane lived during the period of the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletianus (284-305 years) who subjected Christians to persecutions. She was one of the 37 nuns who left Rome for Armenia.

During the first 20 years of his reign Diocletianus didn’t persecute Christians despite his being heathen. However, since 303, under the pressure of Caesar Galerius, he subjected Christians to severe persecutions. He issued 4 edicts against Christians which envisaged Christians’ removal from the army, confiscation of church property, first of all buildings and ritual books, church servants’ arrest and capital punishments, subjecting Christians to torments pursuing the goal to make them to give up their beliefs and faith. Persecutions agitated the whole empire, Christians were martyred for the sake of Christ. It was during this difficult period that Gayane and her companions left Rome.

Diocletianus informed about it the Armenian King Tiridates suggesting him either to return one of the nuns – Hripsime, or to get married to her. Becoming aware of the nun’s story, himself wished to get married to Hripsime. King’s servants searched and found Hripsime and started to convince her to obey the king’s will who was captivated by her dazzling beauty and wished to get married to her. Hripsime rejected him saying that she as well as the other nuns had already become the bride of Christ and couldn’t marry.

Becoming angry, the king ordered to subject her and the other nuns to severe torments. Her tongue and womb were cut, eyes were put out and her body was dismembered. Abyss Gayane and two of the nuns also were subjected to severe torments for encouraging Hripsime to endure tortures for the sake of Christ. Executioners pierced their feet, hang them, tore off their skin, cut their abdomens and afterwards beheaded them. The remaining 33 nuns were put to sword and parts of their bodies were thrown to the beasts for eating.

Nine days later St. Gregory the Illuminator found the relics of the nuns and burying the relics, built martyriums in those sites, where in the future the Monasteries of St. Hripsime, St. Gayane and St. Shoghakat were erected.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-18 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2029-05-29 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2028-06-13 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2027-05-25 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2026-06-02 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2025-06-17 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2024-05-28 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2023-06-06 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2022-06-14 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2021-06-01 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

2020-06-09 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

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Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-20

The Armenian Church commemorates the day when the relics of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine were transferred to Armenia. Mariam, the wife of St. Gregory the Illuminator, had a brother named Atanagine. He was the Bishop of Pitacton, and died while defending the faith. After his consecration in Caesarea, St. Gregory brought the relics of St. John and Bishop Atanagine to Armenia, and buried them in locations named Innaknya and Bagavan, in the region of Ashtishat, and built martyriums in those sites. After baptizing King Tiridates and the royal court in 301 AD, St. Gregory the Illuminator celebrated Divine Liturgy and gave instructions that the memories of the St. John and Bishop Atanagine should be commemorated on that specific day of every year instead of the feast of Vanatour, the pagan god of the New Year.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-20 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2029-05-31 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2028-06-15 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2027-05-27 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2026-06-04 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2025-06-19 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2024-05-30 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2023-06-08 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2022-06-16 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2021-06-03 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

2020-06-11 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

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Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-22

In the year 301 AD, the deliverance of St. Gregory the Illuminator from the pit, was the catalyst that began the “Great Conversion” of Armenia from the darkness of paganism to the Light of Christianity.

Following the martyrdom of the Christian nuns, led by St. Hripsime and St. Gayane, upon the order of the Armenian pagan King Tiridates, the ruler becomes seriously ill. The sister of the king, Khosrovidoukht, has a dream where it is revealed to her that the only remedy for the king’s condition is to free St. Gregory, still imprisoned in the dungeon, and that he alone could cure the malady. Thirteen years following his imprisonment in the “deep pit” of Artashat, the royal court submits to the request of Khosrovidoukht and frees the Christian Gregory. With the intercession of Gregory’s prayers, the king recovers, Gregory becomes the patron saint of the Armenian Church, and Tiridates, and his wife - Queen Ashkhen, become ardent supporters in Gregory’s efforts to preach Christianity throughout Armenia, and baptize the Armenian nation.

Pagan temples and statues are destroyed in Armenia, and replaced with Dominical Crosses in their locations. Christianity is proclaimed by the King and the Catholicos to be the state religion of Armenia, the first nation in the world to do so. St. Gregory is sent to Caesarea, where he is consecrated as the first Pontiff of the Armenian Church, and becomes the first Catholicos of All Armenians.

The feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s Deliverance from the Pit is one of the greatest of the Armenian Church. A solemn Divine Liturgy is celebrated in all Armenian Churches on this day.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-22 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2029-06-02 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2028-06-17 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2027-05-29 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2026-06-06 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2025-06-21 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2024-06-01 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2023-06-10 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2022-06-18 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2021-06-05 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

2020-06-13 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit

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Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-23

One of the most celebrated feasts of the Armenian Church is the day when the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was established, according to the inspired vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator.

According to tradition, and hagiographic sources, following the declaration of Christianity as the Official Religion of Armenia in 301 AD, St. Gregory has a famous vision, wherein the Only Begotten Son of God – Jesus Christ, descends from Heaven, his face lit aglow, and with the strike of a golden hammer designates the site where the Mother Cathedral for the entire Armenian nation is to be founded. Hence, the name of the spiritual center for the Armenians, “Etchmiadzin”, means “the Descent of the Only Begotten” (Etch - descent, mi - only, dzin - begotten.)

St. Gregory relayed the story about his vision to the Armenian King Tiridates, under whose royal auspices and support the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was built. King Tiridates and Queen Ashkhen participated in the construction, as did the entire capital city of Vagharshapat by bringing stones from the biblical mountain of Ararat to lay the foundations. In the site marked by Christ, a Holy Altar of Descent was built.
According of Patriarch Malachia Ormanian, from the days of her establishment, the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin has been the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Thus, it is the Mother See of the Armenian Church, and as such, her universal, spiritual and administrative headquarters.

Another title bestowed upon the cathedral is “Catholic” - not to be confused with the Roman Catholic faith. Catholic is a Greek word meaning “Universal”. Theologically, the cathedral has been called “catholic” as a description of the catholicity (universality) of the Church.

The feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin is celebrated 64 days following Easter. A Divine Liturgy is celebrated, and during services, a special hymn is sung, written by the eighth century Catholicos Sahak of Dzorap, telling of St. Gregory’s vision and the Cathedral’s construction.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-23 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2029-06-03 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2028-06-18 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2027-05-30 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2026-06-07 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2025-06-22 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2024-06-02 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2023-06-11 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2022-06-19 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2021-06-06 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

2020-06-14 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

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Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-24

In the Gospel according to St. Matthew, we read about the slaying of the innocent children prior to the birth of Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:16-18). Men, who had come from the East to Jerusalem, spread the news of the birth of a “baby born to be the king of the Jews”. When this news reached Heron, King of Judea, he became very troubled. As a result of his jealousy and rage in not being able to locate the newborn baby, the King orders the death of all male children in Bethlehem who are two years old and younger. The blood of the innocent children became the first blood shed for the sake of Christ. The Armenian Church has dedicated many church hymns and songs to the memory of the Children of Bethlehem, and they are commemorated on the Monday following the Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The same day the Armenian Church celebrates the memory of three saints, martyred for the sake of Christianity - Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier.According to “Haysmavourk”, Acacius was martyred for the faith during the reign of the Emperor Likianos. Being subjected to indescribable torments and managing to survive surrounded by wild beasts, the saint was beheaded in 310 AD.

Movkima the Priest, Byzantine by birth, was the son of a high-ranking Christian officer. Being a devout preacher of Christianity, he was subjected to many torments by the governor of the city Ampipolis of Macedonia. Later, he was sent to Byzantium, where he was condemned to death by beheading. Emperor Constantine would later build a magnificent church over the tomb of the saint.

Kotriatos the Soldier was martyred as a result of persecutions by the pagan King Dekos. Considering himself to be a “servant of the Heavenly King”, the brave saint endured many tortures through the strength of his Christian faith and became an example for others to remain steadfast in times of trouble. Kotriatos was also put to death by beheading.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-24 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2029-06-04 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2028-06-19 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2027-05-31 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2026-06-08 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2025-06-23 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2024-06-03 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2023-06-12 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2022-06-20 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2021-06-07 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

2020-06-15 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

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Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-25

St. Nooneh and St. Mane were two of the companions of St. Hripsime, who being persecuted by the King Dioklethianos, had left Rome and reached to Armenia. However, the nuns were not destined to die together with their companions.

Reaching Armenia together with her companions St. Mane left them and went to the Mountian Sepouh, in Ekeghyats region, where remaining isolated in a cave, lived an ascetic life. St. Mane lived an “angel’s life”, strengthened by means of prayers and divine consolation, and later the cave was called by her name “Mane’s cave”. Hagiographer presents interesting information concerning the last days of life of St. Maneh. During that same period St. Gregory the Illuminator also wished to leave the society and to live his last days in seclusion. With that goal he went to the Mountain Daraghanyats and chose as a place for living the same cave in which Mane was living an ascetic life. Approaching the cave, he heard the voice of the nun asking to return to the cave three days later. Respecting the wish of the nun, St Gregory returned to the cave three days later and finding the nun dead, buried her body in the cave in 323.

The nun St. Nooneh (in the Georgian sources Nino) escaping the persecutions of the Armenian King Tiridates, left for Georgia, the capital city of Metskhita. There she continued to live a prayerful life and preached the Gospel, as the result of which the entire nation was converted to Christianity. Becoming famous for the miracles she worked and for her philanthropic activity, Nooneh was taken to the royal palace, where she healed the sick queen. Refusing of all precious gifts, Nooneh continued preaching the Gospel. The Georgian King Mihran, immediately feeling the might of the unknown to him God, was converted to Christianity. The Gospel was preached also to the state officials of the country. As the result of all these events, upon the advice of Nooneh a delegation was sent to the Armenian Pontiff St. Gregory the Illuminator and the Armenian King Tiridates asking to send clergy for performing baptism and realizing spiritual service. Thus, St. Nooneh became the apostle of Georgia.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-25 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2029-06-05 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2028-06-20 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2027-06-01 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2026-06-09 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2025-06-24 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2024-06-04 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2023-06-13 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2022-06-21 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2021-06-08 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

2020-06-16 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh

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Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-27

St. Sahak and St. Hovsep were the sons of the prince Kice. The prince Kice had married a Christian Armenian woman in Karin and had allowed her to maintain her Christian faith and to educate their sons in the spirit of Christian faith. However, some years later the authorities become aware of the two brothers’ being Christian, and as their father was Moslem, they are forced to adopt Islam. However, even despite their father’s exhorts to adopt Islam only fictively, Sahak and Hovsep remain unshaken in their faith and are decapitated in 808.

Roman noblemen Sarkiss and Bagos were high-ranking officials serving in the palace of Byzantine king. For refusing to participant in a heathen ceremony Sarkiss and Bagos were subjected to severe torments, and nevertheless remained loyal to the Christian faith. As the result of torments Bagos was martyred, and Sarkiss was imprisoned and decapitated in North Syria in 300.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates
2020-06-18 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2021-06-10 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2022-06-23 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2023-06-15 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2024-06-06 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2025-06-26 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2026-06-11 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2027-06-03 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2028-06-22 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2029-06-07 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

2030-06-27 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos

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Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-29

St. Nersess the Great, Catholicos of All Armenians (353-373) is one of the most prominent Armenian Pontiffs. According to historical sources he is from the family and lineage of St. Gregory the Illuminator, and grandson of the Armenian Patriarch Houssik.

Following the death of Catholicos Paren I (of Ashtishat), Nersess is a chamberlain (chief attendant or steward) for the Armenian King Arshak. Although a layman at the time, he is found to be the most deserving candidiate for the throne of the Catholicos, and under the compulsion of the King is ordained as a priest, and consecrated as Catholicos. The Armenian Pontiff becomes the first great reformer of the Church and a renowned benefactor of his nation. Upon Nersess’ initiative, a National Ecclesiastical Council is convened in Ashtishat in 354. Upon his initiative, decisions are made which are intended to regulate and bring order to the spiritual-ecclesiastical life, based upon the defined moral principles of the family. Nersess the Great establishes numerous monasteries and schools. He builds hospices, residences and hospitals for the ill, homeless and the poor. The Catholicos was always with his flock. The Armenian people won the battle of Dzirav due to St. Nersess’ unceasing prayers for victory on a nearby mountaintop, as the war was being waged on the field below.
For his devout activity Nersess the Great is also called the “Illuminator of Hearts”.

Bishop Khad was a supporter of Nersess the Great, and was instrumental in the implementation of the Catholicos’ initiatives and undertakings. Historian Pavstos Buzand identifies Bishop Khad as the coadjutor of the Armenian Pontiff, St. Nersess the Great.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-29 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2029-06-09 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2028-06-24 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2027-06-05 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2026-06-13 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2025-06-28 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2024-06-08 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2023-06-17 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2022-06-25 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2021-06-12 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

2020-06-20 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad

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Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-06-30

This is the Sunday preceding the week prior to the feast of Discovery of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s relic, in the 5th century, lasting from Monday to Friday.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2030-06-30 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2029-06-10 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2028-06-25 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2027-06-06 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2026-06-14 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2025-06-29 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2024-06-09 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2023-06-18 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2022-06-26 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2021-06-13 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2020-06-21 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator

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