In his Armenian Christmas sermon at St. Vartan Cathedral, Diocesan Primate Fr. Daniel Findikyan said that in Christ’s nativity, God brought the glory of heaven down to the earth—in the most unexpected way.
January 6, 2019, fell on the first Sunday of the New Year, and the Armenian Church of America welcomed the occasion with the new Primate of the Eastern Diocese celebrating the “Armenian Christmas” Divine Liturgy.
The Armenian Church celebrates the holy birth (Sourp Dznount) of Jesus Christ on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist.
Throughout history, Armenian Christians have considered the home to be a sacred place: the tranquil sanctuary of the family, where habits of virtue, pious traditions, and life-affirming customs are passed from one generation to another.
The Nativity and Baptism of Jesus Christ will be observed at New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, 2019. A special liturgical schedule will be in effect for these “Armenian Christmas” services.