Armenian Church Feasts


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The most beloved saint among Armenians is St.Sarkis, Patron of youth and love.
This presentation is about the history and meaning of salty cookies and Trndez or Tyarndaraj.

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Armenian Church Feasts

  1. 1. Armenian Church Feasts<br />
  2. 2. Captain St. Sarkisis one of the most<br />beloved saints among the <br />Armenian nation.<br />The Feast of St. Sarkisthe Captain <br />is proclaimed day of blessing of<br />the youth.<br />Feast of St. Sarkis the Captain, Patron of L ve and Youth<br />
  3. 3. St. Sarkis, Patron of L ve and Youth<br />In Armenia it is accepted to celebrate the Feast of <br />St.Sarkisnot only according to church rites and prayer, <br />but also according to various folk traditions. St. Sarkis<br />the Captain is the patron of youth. <br />
  4. 4. Many miracles happen thanks to his intercession. <br />On the day of the feast young people pray the saint asking <br />him to make heir prayers audible to God.<br />St. Sarkisis the realizerof the love longings.<br />People in love present each other cards, flowers or sweets<br />on the occasion of the feast.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  5. 5. There are many legends about<br /> St. Sarkis and one of them is the following following.<br /> Poor bard Gharibloved Shah-Sanam who<br /> was the daughter of a very rich man.<br /> Shah-Sanamloved him too, but because <br />the bard was poor, the Shah-Sanam’s<br /> father was against their marriage as he <br />wished to marry his daughter to a rich <br /> man.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  6. 6. Bard Gharib decided to go to foreign countries to earn<br />Money and to accumulate wealth. <br />But before leaving for foreign countries bard Gharib<br />asked Shah-Sanam to promise to wait for him for seven<br />years providing that if he were late even for one day the <br />young woman might marry according to her father’s will.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  7. 7. Working day and night for seven years bard Gharib<br />accumulated wealth and started his way back to the<br />motherland. <br />However, on his way back he faced many difficulties and<br />hardships. It seemed to him that he wouldn’t be able to<br />reach his beloved. <br />So, he prayed with honest heart and righteous mind for <br />the help of St. Sarkisasking.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  8. 8. Listening the prayer of the bard St. Sarkis<br />immediately appeared sitting on his <br />white horse, seated him on the back<br />of the horse and in one moment <br />brought him to Shah-Sanam. <br />Seeing the bard’s strong will, <br />their sincere and deep love and devotion<br />Shah-Sanam’sfather Blessed their union.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  9. 9. Fast of Catechumens established by St. Gregory the <br />Illuminator precedes the feast. <br />On the eve of the feast, in the evening, young people eat<br />salty cookies and relate the appearance of their future <br />bride or bridegroom in their dream to eating of the salty<br />cookie. <br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  10. 10. Also, on the night preceding the feast of St. Sarkisthe<br />faithful people place a tray full of gruel before the door <br />believing that while passing near their door at dawn <br />St.Sarkiswill leave his footprint on the gruel <br />symbolizing the fulfillment of their dreams.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  11. 11. On the day of the feast a Divine Liturgy is celebrated in <br />all churches named after St. Sarkis. <br />Following the Liturgy a special <br />ceremony of blessing of <br />young people will be offered.<br />St. Sarkis, Patron of Youth and l ve<br />
  12. 12. On February 14, the Armenian <br /> Church celebrates the Feast of the<br /> Lord’s Presentation to the Temple. <br />Tiarn’ndaraj, or Candlemas as it is known in the West, <br />symbolizes the presentation of the 40 day-old Christ <br />Child to the Temple in Jerusalem.<br />Tiarn’ndaraj<br />
  13. 13. In the tradition of the Church, Evening Services <br />(Nakhatonak) are conducted on the night preceding the<br />Feast Day.  At the conclusion of the service,<br />the priest lights a candle from the <br />Holy Altar, and distributes the<br />flame to all present. With great care,<br />the faithful take the lit candles<br />home to their families.<br />Tiarn’ndaraj/ Candlemas<br />
  14. 14. Many additional customs have been inherited from the<br /> past, including the blessing of the four corners of the <br />world in the Andastan Service, the blessing of newlywed<br />couples, as well as offering prayers for the crops and <br />fertility of the fields.<br />Tiarn’ndaraj/ Candlemas<br />
  15. 15. The End<br />
  16. 16. THANK YOU!!!<br />