The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas and commemorates the Nativity of Jesus Christ on January 6.
The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas
STEPANAKERT, JANUARY 6, ARTSAKHPRESS: It is the only church in the world to mark this event on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist.
The latter is remembered 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) is celebrated in honor of the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God (theophany). It is custom for the faithful to hold lit candles during this special service.
On the following day, the mystery of our Lord's baptism in the River Jordan is remembered in the ceremony of the Jurorhnek, or the "Blessing of Water."
According to the Armenian Apostolic Church calendar, the commemoration of the Nativity of Jesus is preceded by a week of fasting.