The Assumption of the
The great feast in celebration of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Holy Mother of God - Soorp Asdvadzadzin will be celebrated on
August 18, 2013.
The story of the Assumption is beautifully narrated in the Armenian Orthodox hymn “From the Highest Heavens - Arevelk Kerarpi” (excerpt):
After the Holy Mother of God lived in Jerusalem for 15 years, she died. All the Apostles, performed the funeral, except for Bartholomew which included a procession to bury the Holy Mother of God in the Garden of Gethsemane. After three days and nights of angelic voices at the tomb, Bartholomew arrived and desired to see the Holy Mother one last time. He pleaded with the Apostles to open the tomb...and they found it empty.
They determined she had not died, but was awakened by the angelic voices and taken to heaven as Christ had promised.
At the Main Altar
Above is the icon or painting at the main altar of Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Donated for the consecration of the Church in 1978 by Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Boghosian and Ruth, this icon typifies orthodox tradition, and in particular the style of Armenian manuscript illumination.
The image is a main-stay of Armenian Orthodox Church central altars which prescribes having the Christ child to the left and on the knee of the Holy Mother, serious in mien, enthroned, both richly robed and often crowned. Above the throne-posts on each side are the abbreviations in Armenian for “Asdvadzadzin - Mother of God” [left] and “Hisoos Christos - Jesus Christ”.
It is interesting to note that the first public prayer of the celebrant-priest during Divine Liturgy is in reference to the Holy Mother of God:
By the intercession of the Holy Mother of God, O Lord, receive our supplications and save us.
Morning Services - 9:30AM
Divine Liturgy - 10AM
[Requiem Services are not offered on this feast day.]
::::: This page has been prepared by Deacon James Magarian :::::