Holy Cross

Discovery of the Cross

Gospel Reading Matthew 24:27-36 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 28 Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be …

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The Holy Cross of Varak

Gospel Reading Matthew 24:30-36 Then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven …

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Two Shall Become One

Gospel Reading Matthew 19:3-12 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning …

Sheep

The Lost Sheep

Gospel Reading Matthew 18:10-14 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? …

Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Jesus

Gospel Reading Matthew 16:13-17:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do men say that the Son of man is?”14 And they said,“Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah …

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Feeding the Five Thousand

Gospel Reading Matthew 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 As he went ashore …

Wheat

The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

Gospel Reading Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds …

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The Sign of Jonah

Gospel Reading Matthew 12:38-45 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign …

Armenian Miniature Healing

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Gospel Reading Matthew 12:1-8 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to …

Palm Sunday

Holy Week

Lazarus Saturday In the Armenian Church, Holy Week (Աւագ Շաբաթ) begins not on Palm Sunday, but on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It is not a fasting day or a saints’ day, even though Lazarus is a saint …

Ascension

The Coming and Annunciation of the Lord

Gospel Reading Matthew 22:34-23:39 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in …

Expulsion Sunday

Sunday of Expulsion

Gospel Reading Matthew 5:17-48 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass …

Treasures in heaven

Treasures In Heaven

Gospel Reading Matthew 6:1-21 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet …

Poor Widow

The Poor Widow

Gospel Reading Mark 12:35-44 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my …

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By What Authority?

Gospel Reading Mark 11:27-33 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are …

Crown Jesus

The Sacrament of the Crown

Gospel Reading Mark 10:1-12 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. 2 And Pharisees came up and …

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Եփփաթա: Be opened

Gospel Reading Mark 7:31-37 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap′olis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had …

Blessed and Broken

Blessed and Broken

Gospel Reading Mark 6:30-44 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were …

Storm

“Peace, Be Still!”

Gospel Reading Mark 4:35-41 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. …

Paralytic

Through the Roof

Gospel Reading Mark 2:1-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the …

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The Resurrection of Christ

Gospel Reading Mark 16:2-8 And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us …

Palm Sunday

Holy Week

Lazarus Saturday In the Armenian Church, Holy Week (Աւագ Շաբաթ) begins not on Palm Sunday, but on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It is not a fasting day or a saints’ day, even though Lazarus is a saint …

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Parable of the Ten Pounds

Gospel Reading Luke 19:12-28 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Trade with these till …

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The Naming of the Lord

Gospel Reading Luke 2:21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Revised Standard Version) Reflection Points Based on the …

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My Mother and My Brothers

Gospel Reading Luke 8:17-21 For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. 18 Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more …

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The Acceptable Year of the Lord

Gospel Reading Luke 4:14-23 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 And …

Mary Mother of God

Blessed Among Women

Gospel Reading Luke 1:39-56 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting …

Assumption

Assumption of the Mother of God

Gospel Reading Luke 2:1-7 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, …

Elijah

The Prophet Elijah

Gospel Reading Luke 4:25-30 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all …

Palm Sunday

Holy Week

Lazarus Saturday In the Armenian Church, Holy Week (Աւագ Շաբաթ) begins not on Palm Sunday, but on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It is not a fasting day or a saints’ day, even though Lazarus is a saint …

Judge

The Unjust Judge

Gospel Reading Luke 17:20-18:14 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ …

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The Unjust Steward

Gospel Reading Luke 16:1-31 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 And he called him and said to …

Prodigal

The Prodigal Son

Gospel Reading Luke 15:1-32 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this …

True-Greatness

Be Less Great

Gospel Reading Luke 22:24-30 A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over …

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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Gospel Reading Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax …

Mustard Seed

Faith As A Mustard Seed

Gospel Reading Luke 17:1-10 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck …

The Great Banquet

The Great Feast

Gospel Reading Luke 14:12-24 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite …

Fig Tree

The Fruitless Fig Tree

Gospel Reading Luke 13:1-9 There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners …

The Greedy Fool

The Greedy Fool

Gospel Reading Luke 12:13-31 One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” 15 And he said …

Who is the greatest

Who is the Greatest?

Gospel Reading Luke 9:44-50 “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that …

Jairus' Daughter

Jairus’ Daughter

Gospel Reading Luke 8:49-56 While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” 50 But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, …

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Red Sunday

Gospel Reading John 5:19-30 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. …

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Do Not Be Afraid

Gospel Reading John 6:15-21 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, …

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The Last Day

Gospel Reading John 6:39-47 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. 40 For this is the will …

Jesus Crucifixion

Have Faith and Look to the Cross

Gospel Reading John 3:13-21 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, …

Holy Sepulcher

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Gospel Reading John 3:13-21 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, …

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For God So Loved the World

Gospel Reading John 3:13-21 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, …

Etchmiadzin

Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

Gospel Reading John 10:22-30 It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, …

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Pentecost

Gospel Reading John 14:25-31 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring …

Second Palm Sunday

Second Palm Sunday

Gospel Reading John 12:12-23 The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed …

Abundant Life

Abundant Life

Gospel Reading John 9:39-10:10 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard this, and they …

Appearance of Holy Cross

Appearance of the Holy Cross

Gospel Reading John 7:14-23 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15 The Jews marveled at it, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So …

World Church

Sunday of the World Church

Gospel Reading John 2:23-3:12 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs which he did; 24 but Jesus did not trust himself to them, 25 because he knew …

Word Beacme Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

Gospel Reading John 1:1-17 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was …

Palm Sunday

Holy Week

Lazarus Saturday In the Armenian Church, Holy Week (Աւագ Շաբաթ) begins not on Palm Sunday, but on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It is not a fasting day or a saints’ day, even though Lazarus is a saint …

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Living Water

Gospel Reading John 7:37-52 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. 38 He who believes in me, as the scripture …

Bread of Life

The Bread of Life

Gospel Reading John 6:22-38 On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but …

CANA

The Wedding in Cana

Gospel Reading John 2:1-11 On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. 3 When the wine gave out, …