The Armenian Church commemorates events and individuals significant in our spiritual lives with days dedicated to Feasts.  The purpose of these celebrations is to awaken our spirituality by remembering and reflecting on the significance of the events and rededicating ourselves toward spiritual strengthening.

The Armenian Church celebrates three types of feasts.

  • Dominical Feasts  which are connected to Christ’s mission of redemption as well as feasts dedicated to the Holy Mother of God, the Holy Cross and Holy Church.
  • Saints’ Days which recognise the martyrs and holy fathers of the early church who lived exemplary lives of Christian virtue and sanctity.
  • Days of Abstinence are intended as a time for repentance, meditation, reflection and prayer.

Source: Saints & Feasts of the Armenian Church – Patriarch Torkom Koushagian

Major Feast Days of the Armenian Apostolic Church  (Dominical Feasts)

There are five major feast days of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the liturgical calendar.  Of these significant days, only Christmas has a fixed date, the other days are changeable.

 Holy Nativity [Christmas] and Theophany of Our Lord   6 January
 Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord [Easter]   March/April
 Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ [Vartavar]   14th Sunday after Easter
 Assumption of the Holy Mother of God [Soorp Asdvadzadzin]   Sunday nearest to 15 August
 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross [Khachverats]   September