Merry Christmas

The Armenian Church celebrates the holy birth of Jesus Christ on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism. 

The latter is celebrated through the “Blessing of Water” ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy on January 6.

On the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Jrakalouyts Divine Liturgy (the lighting of the lamps service) celebrates the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God (theophany). It is custom for the faithful to hold lit candles during this special service.

 

People usually bring the consecrated candles home, bringing the Light of Christ into each and every home.