Even with daily activity at a standstill, the sacred feasts of the Armenian Church liturgical calendar march onward. This year we cannot celebrate them together; but we can observe them privately, and perhaps reflect more deeply about their personally meaning for us.
Saturday, March 28 is the one of the feast days of St. Gregory the Illuminator—this one dedicated to remembering his Commitment to the Pit, the years of physical torment he endured in the dungeon of Khor Virab (pictured here), and the Christian faith that sustained him through the darkest hours. It’s a story that resonates powerfully today. Read more about Armenia’s patron saint by clicking here.
Last Sunday of Lent
The following day, March 29, is the Sunday of the Advent. As the last in the cycle of Lenten Sundays, it strikes a theme of endings and beginnings.
Early in our journey through Great Lent we observed the Sunday of the Expulsion, which told the story of mankind’s exile from paradise, and the beginning of humanity’s long separation from God. In the Sunday of the Advent, we see how that tragic separation was resolved through the coming of Jesus Christ, who restored what had been lost in the exile from Eden.
This day is especially devoted to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, reminding us that he is our eternal Lord and King. Just as everything once began with God, so too will everything one day end with Him.
Click on the following links to read more about Advent Sunday on the Diocese’s educational website, Vemkar, and to view our archived Lenten video series.