The Armenian Church calendar occasionally gives us an unlikely pairing of saints on a single feast day: an “odd couple” who don’t quite fit together. That’s the case with the day dedicated to St. John the Forerunner and Job the Righteous—observed today, August 31.

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Blessing of Grapes

A certain stereotype of Christianity paints the church as puritanical and severe, an inhuman taskmaster which begrudges the sound of laughter and the joys of life.  In the 2,000-year history of the religion, some Christians have indeed adopted such a worldview; but it is hardly characteristic of Christianity as a whole, and as far as the Armenian Christian tradition goes, nothing could be further from the truth.

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