While St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral is closed to the public due to the pandemic crisis, the cathedral will mark Holy Week with a series of online services, culminating in the Easter Sunday liturgy on April 12, 2020. (Read more for details.)
The schedule of services is as follows:
April 9 is GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY, and the day’s services memorialize the Last Supper, Jesus’ vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane, his arrest and trial. In the evening, the Khavaroom or Vigil Service will begin at 8 p.m., and streamed live on Facebook.
The crucifixion and death of Christ will be marked on April 10—GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY—and two services will take place. The Order of the Crucifixion of Christ will begin at 12:30 p.m. That same evening, at 5:30 p.m., the Order of the Entombment of the Lord, or Taghoom Service, will take place. Both will be streamed on Facebook.
On GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY, April 11, the scripture-reading ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Jrakalouyts (“Lamp-Lighting”) service, all streamed on Facebook.
Finally, the drama of Holy Week will culminate on EASTER SUNDAY, April 12: the central holy day of the Christian calendar, commemorating the discovery of Christ’s empty tomb and the news of his resurrection. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m., with Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, celebrating the liturgy and delivering the homily. The Easter liturgy will be broadcast over YouTube (with a link on the Diocese’s Facebook page).
All of these services at St. Vartan Cathedral will take place behind closed doors, without participation of the public. All are planned to be broadcast over the Internet. Parishes around the Eastern Diocese may have their own schedule of online services; contact your local parish for details.
Quick Reference Holy Week Schedule
April 9: Holy Thursday Khavaroom service, 8 p.m.
April 10: Holy Friday Crucifixion service, 12:30 p.m. / Burial Service, 5:30 p.m.
April 11: Holy Saturday Scripture Reading and Jrakalouyts service, 6 p.m.
April 12: Easter Sunday Badarak, 10:30 a.m. Bishop Daniel celebrating
Plans call for the Eastern Sunday badarak to be broadcast live on the Eastern Diocese’s YouTube platform:
click here to access the broadcast event page.
Other services will be broadcast live over the St. Vartan Cathedral Facebook page: