March

Sunday of the Judge

This year is celebrated in:: 2022-03-27

The fifth Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Judge. The message of the day teaches us with the parable of the widow and the Judge. This parable comes to us in the Gospel of St. Luke (Luke 18:1-8). The parable tells the story of a widow who repeatedly came to a judge, who neither feared God nor respected man, and pled for her rights. For a long period of time the judge refused to act, but in the end, he fulfilled her request, to put an end to her continuous appeals. Otherwise, he feared that she would continue to return indefinitely.

After telling this parable, the Lord assures everyone, that if a man as corrupt and unfair as this judge decided in favor of the widow, then God surely would judge in favor of his own people and grant the requests of all those who submit to Him through prayer. This parable exhorts us to always and continually pray, as prayer symbolizes the soul’s eternal striving and thirst for God.  The parable also contains an appeal from Christ. After telling the parable, Christ says: “But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when He comes?” In His words, Jesus gives a reference to the Second Coming, and sadness and anguish are felt in the Lord’s remark. It is truly painful for the Savior that many people may be subject to just, yet cruel judgment, instead of becoming the inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-03-22 Sunday of the Judge

2021-03-14 Sunday of the Judge

2022-03-27 Sunday of the Judge

2023-03-19 Sunday of the Judge

2024-03-10 Sunday of the Judge

2025-03-30 Sunday of the Judge

2026-03-15 Sunday of the Judge

2027-03-07 Sunday of the Judge

2028-03-26 Sunday of the Judge

2029-03-11 Sunday of the Judge

2030-03-31 Sunday of the Judge

Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

This year is celebrated in:: 2022-03-26

The Forty Holy Martyrs martyred in approximately 320 AD were Christians from various towns and cities of Lesser Armenia. They served as soldiers in the royal regiment of Sebastia.  Upon the decree of Roman Emperor Likianos, interrogations were organized by Lucias, Duke of Caesarea, to reveal the Christian soldiers. Forty of the soldiers remain steadfast in their faith, defy the judges by their brave answers, and are imprisoned. One cold winter night the soldiers are thrown into a lake near Sebastia, to freeze them to death. Only one of the forty soldiers, being unable to endure the torments, comes out of the water, and tries to find salvation in a bathhouse built on the bank. The lone soldier dies and becomes deprived of both earthly and heavenly life.

At dawn, halos are seen encircling the heads of the soldiers. One of the guards charged with the execution of the forty, witnessing the holy phenomenon accepts Christ and throws himself into the lake to be martyred along with the others. In the morning it becomes apparent that through a divine miracle, the forty soldiers have been saved from freezing. This infuriates their captors who execute them and thus, they become martyrs. The martyrs’ remains are buried in Sebastia, where subsequently a Forty-domed Cathedral is built. The Cathedral of Sebastia stood for nearly one thousand years until the invasion of Tamerlane and the Mongols at the end of the 14th Century. The name of the “Forty Martyrs Cathedral” has survived to this day.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2008-03-01 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2009-03-21 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2010-03-13 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2011-04-02 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2012-03-17 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2013-03-09 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2014-03-29 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2015-03-14 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2016-03-05 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2017-03-25 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2018-03-10 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2019-03-30 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2020-03-21 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2021-03-13 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2022-03-26 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2023-03-18 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2024-03-09 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2025-03-29 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2026-03-14 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2027-03-06 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2028-03-25 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2029-03-10 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

2030-03-30 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs

Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

This year is celebrated in:: 2022-03-23

According to Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, the 24th day or the fourth Wednesday of the period of Great Lent, is called Mijink symbolizing that the first half of the period of Great Lent has already passed. Since that day church hymns written by Stegh are sung during the Peace Service held in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

According to the 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.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

 

2008-02-27 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2009-03-18 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2010-03-10 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2011-03-30 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2012-03-14 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2013-03-06 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2014-03-26 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2015-03-11 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2016-03-02 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2017-03-22 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2018-03-07 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2019-03-27 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2020-03-18 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2021-03-10 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2022-03-23 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2023-03-15 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2024-03-06 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2025-03-26 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2026-03-11 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2027-03-03 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2028-03-22 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2029-03-07 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

2030-03-27 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

Sunday of Steward

This year is celebrated in:: 2022-03-20

The fourth Sunday of the period of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Steward, and the message of the day teaches us with the parable of the unjust steward. This parable is mentioned only in the Gospel of St. Luke (Luke 16:1-13). In the parable, a wealthy man learns that the steward of his house (the supervisor of his holdings) is squandering his possessions.  The rich man calls the steward, asking for an accounting, having decided to release him from employment. The steward, realizing that he may soon be without work, begins to act accordingly so that in the near future, others may accept him into their homes. The steward calls those men who have debts to his employer, and he relieves them of a portion of their debts. Following this act, the wealthy man praises the steward for his contrivance.

At first glance, it seems as though there is a great contradiction in this commendation.  But the unjust steward grants back to the debtors, only that which he had added to the debt originally for his own gain. Thus, the wealthy man is not injured by the actions of his steward. The master praises the steward for resigning himself from the gains that the steward would have realized in these transactions. Thus, high praise is given to resignation, or abstinence, which is one of the foundations of Great Lent.

Lent teaches mankind about the ability we each have to resign ourselves from all forms of temptation, the beginning of which is self-control and self-denial. Christ says, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). This parable admonishes every one of us that the journey towards salvation must include self-control and resignation. The allegorical meaning of the parable is in the wealthy man symbolizing God, and the unjust steward symbolizing the sinner. For an extended period of time, the sinner carelessly wastes the graces granted by God, until God calls him for an accounting of his life. The unjust steward symbolizes all who, upon regretting their actions, forgive those who have sinned against them, and become seekers of righteousness and the just.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2020-03-15 Sunday of Steward

2021-03-07 Sunday of Steward

2022-03-20 Sunday of Steward

2023-03-12 Sunday of Steward

2024-03-03 Sunday of Steward

2025-03-23 Sunday of Steward

2026-03-08 Sunday of Steward

2027-02-28 Sunday of Steward

2028-03-19 Sunday of Steward

2029-03-04 Sunday of Steward

2030-03-24 Sunday of Steward

Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

This year is celebrated in:: 2022-03-19

St. John (Hovhannes) of Otzoon, who has also been recognized as “the Philosopher”, is one of the greatest fathers of the Armenian Church.  According to hagiographers, he possessed both spiritual and mental brilliance.  During the 11 years of his reign (717-728), Catholicos Hovhannes managed to withstand Byzantine and Arab pressures and incursions, while struggling mightily against sects.  Hovhannes of Otzoon endowed to us a rich and priceless literary legacy.  His work entitled “Canons of the Armenians” is the first voluminous collection in Armenian history, which contains ecclesiastical canons and laws. He is also famous as the author of numerous sermons and church hymns. Among the most important initiatives undertaken by Catholicos Hovhannes of Otzoon, is the church council convened in Dvin in 725, with the aim of reforming the Armenian Church.  He also convened the meeting in Manazkert in 726, dedicated to the goal of strengthening the union of the Armenian and Assyrian Churches.

The tomb of Catholicos Hovhannes is in the Church of Srbanes (St. Hovhannes) in the village of Ardvi, near his birthplace of Otzoon.  The church has remained a sanctuary for the faithful of the Armenian Nation.

The names of Vartabeds (church divine or archimandrite) St John (Hovhan) of Vorotan (1315-1388) and St. Gregory of Datev (1346-1410) are closely interrelated. Gregory of Datev, the greatest Vartabed and theologian of the Armenian Church, studied under Hovhan of Vorotan, and later raised the famous school founded by his teacher in the Monastery of Datev. Gregory of Datev authored numerous significant theological works.  Included in his literary legacy are the “Book of Questions” and the collections of his sermons.  He is closely associated with Hovhan of Vorotan, because as a result of the notes and records made by Gregory, a portion of the literary legacy of Hovhan has survived to this day. 

Finally, the blessed memory of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem is commemorated on the same day, along with the aforementioned three fathers of the Armenian Church.  St. John was Patriarch of Jerusalem in the 4th Century.  He is remembered to this day as being a great orator and a defender of Christianity through his sermons.

 

This feast has been and will be on the following dates


2020-03-14 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2021-03-06 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2022-03-19 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2023-03-11 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2024-03-02 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2025-03-22 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2026-03-07 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2027-02-27 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2028-03-18 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2029-03-03 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

2030-03-23 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev

Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

This year is celebrated in:: 2022-03-13

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:: 2022-03-12

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

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