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A sombre Vigil service was held on Holy Thursday evening 14 April 2022, commemorating the betrayal, arrest, trial and suffering of Christ. Khavaroum (Darkness) is undoubtedly the most spiritually compelling and moving of all the Armenian Church’s services. It consists of an elaborate Night Service (Keesherayeen Zham) plus the Morning Service (Aravodyan Zham).
During this three hour service, we keep vigil along with the Apostles, who did so while Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Seven passages are read from the Gospel which reflect the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal of Judas, the commitment of Jesus to the crowd, His standing before Annas and Caiaphas, His being struck and mocked, Peter’s three denials and regret. The readings from the Gospels are interspersed with the readings of psalms and the singing of hymns (sharagans) written by St Nerses Shnorhali