Experience the highpoint of the Armenian Church year at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, through the powerful Holy Week services culminating in Easter Sunday on April 21, 2019.
Through the Holy Week liturgies, the faithful re-live the dramatic events leading to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This year will mark the first time our new Diocesan Primate, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, will celebrate the Easter badarak at New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral. The schedule of services is as follows.
April 18: Great and Holy Thursday
The day’s services memorialize the Last Supper, Jesus’ vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane, his arrest and trial. Two separate services will be celebrated on this day. In the morning, the Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m. This will be followed by a luncheon.
In the evening, the “Washing of the Feet” ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m., with the Khavaroom or Vigil Service following at 8 p.m. During the Washing of Feet ceremony, twelve individuals from the community will stand in place of the apostles.
April 19: Great and Holy Friday
The crucifixion and death of Christ will be marked with two services. The Order of the Crucifixion of Christ will begin at 12 noon. This is a short service, largely in English, enabling working people in Manhattan to attend. It will be followed by a luncheon in the Diocesan Complex.
That evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Order of the Entombment of the Lord, or Taghoom Service, will take place.
April 20: Great and Holy Saturday (Easter Eve)
The Divine Liturgy will be preceded by a scripture-reading ceremony at 5 p.m. Easter Eve Liturgy will begin at 6:30 p.m., celebrated by Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Director.
The “Astghikner” Children’s Vocal Ensemble from Brooklyn’s St. Gregory mission parish (conducted by Maria Sahakyan) will sing the Divine Liturgy. A reception will follow the services.
April 21: Easter Sunday
The drama of Holy Week concludes on Easter: the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ. At St. Vartan Cathedral, matins will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, will celebrate the badarak and deliver the homily.
The St. Vartan Cathedral Choir will sing the Divine Liturgy, under the direction of Maestro Khoren Mekanejian.
An Easter Sunday reception and program will follow the services, in Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium. The reception will include a home-blessing service, and the recognition of the various names associated with the holiday. The reception is free and open to the public.
St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral is located at 630 Second Avenue (corner of 34th Street) in New York City.