Eve of Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Candlelight (Lucernarium) Divine Liturgy
According to the Armenian Church, the day changes at 5:00 pm and thus the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ starts on the eve, on the evening of January 5 and continues after midnight on January 6.
On the eve, a solemn Candlelight Divine Liturgy is celebrated. Following the conclusion of the Soorp Badarak, the assembled faithful take lit candles and lamps home symbolising the divine light and the blessing of the Church. Lighting lamps symbolises the light of the Bethlehem Star which guided the way of the magi to the baby Christ.