Dominical Feasts

Dominical feasts are divided into the following three groups.

1) Feasts of Christ
Theophany
Nativity (Christmas) and Baptism, January 6 (Fixed)
Naming of our Lord, January 13 (Fixed)
Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, February 14 (Fixed)

Transfiguration: July 23

Resurrection: March 27
Celebrations related to the Resurrection of Christ include: The Resurrection of Lazarus,
Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the 40-day period from Easter Sunday to Ascension, and
Pentecost (10 days after Ascension)

2) Feasts of the Holy Mother of God (“Sourp Asdvadzadzin,” “Theotokos”)
Annunciation – April 7 (fixed)
Discovery of the Box (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost) – July 9
Assumption (observed on the Sunday closest to August 15) – August 13
Discovery of the Belt (Second Sunday after the Assumption) – August 27
Birth – September 8 (fixed)
Presentation to the Temple – November 21 (Fixed)
Conception – December 9 (Fixed)

3) Feasts of the Holy Cross & Feasts of the Holy Church
A. Feasts of the Holy Cross
Apparition of the Holy Cross (Fourth Sunday of Easter) – May 14
Exaltation of the Holy Cross (observed on the Sunday closest to September 14) – September 17
Holy Cross of Varak (Third Sunday of the Exaltation) – October 1
Discovery of the Cross (Seventh Sunday of the Exaltation) – October 29

B. Feasts of the Holy Church
New Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter) – April 23
Green Sunday (Third Sunday of Easter) – April 30
Red Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Easter) – May 7
Holy Etchmiadzin (Second Sunday after Pentecost) – June 18
Ark of the Covenant (Saturday preceding Transfiguration, “Vartavar”) – July 22
Shoghagat (the Saturday preceding Assumption) – August 12

C. Fixed feast days in the Armenian Church Calendar:
Nativity (Christmas) and Theophany – January 6
Presentation of the Lord to the Temple – February 14
Annunciation – April 7
The Birth of St. Mary the Theotokos – September 8
Presentation of the Holy Mother of God – November 21
Conception of the Virgin Mary – December 9

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