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What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« on: September 16, 2012, 01:38:40 PM »
What is the big feast/festival/holiday/celebration thing I am missing today?
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Re: What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 01:55:20 PM »
hehehe Anastasia my dear, Its the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross :) do not worry If I am not mistaken,there are two more major feast days coming up relating to the Holy Cross in the Armenian Church  ;D September 28 and October 26, may be you will get to celebrate those with the wonderful Armenians in the mean time light a candle and give thanks to the Lord so long as you have remembered you have not missed out :angel:
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Re: What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2012, 08:03:03 PM »
During the early seventh century, the Persians attacked Jerusalem, burned the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and stole the Holy Cross, bringing the Cross to Persia.  The Byzantine army attacked the Persians to get it back.  The Armenians joined the Byzantines in this endeavor, and it is my understanding that the Armenian cavalry played a very significant role in retrieving the Cross.

The Cross was then brought to Constantinople.  On the way there, it travelled through Armenia, being raised up and exalted wherever it went.  This was a very joyful and momentous occasion in the history of the Armenian people, and this is what is commemorated every year in the middle of September.

It is celebrated with "antasdan" prayers, in which the four corners of the earth are blessed.  A cross is decorated with sweet basil, which is blessed and distributed to the faithful after the service.

If you missed it, don't worry.  You can celebrate it next September, and every September to come for the rest of your life.   :)  For today, just say a prayer thanking God for taking one of the cruelest instruments of torture, the cross, and turning it into an instrument of life and joy.  That is what celebrating the Cross is really all about anyway.

As Hiwot said, there are a couple of more feasts of the Cross to come in the near future.  At the end of September is the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak, and on October 28, it will be the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross.

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Re: What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2012, 08:36:23 PM »
Beautiful! thank you dear Salpy  , such beautiful tradition! and thank you for the correct dates of the feasts as well.
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Re: What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 01:28:37 AM »
Regarding the dates of feasts in the Armenian Church, most of them vary from year to year.  The rule for the Holy Cross of Varak, for example, is that it take place on the Sunday nearest to Sept. 28, two weeks after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_Holy_Cross_of_Varak

The Cross of Varak is a nice tradition.  That feast day is only found among the Armenians, and it is connected to the story of St. Hripsime (Arsema.)

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Re: What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 06:29:58 AM »
Two years ago I was so lucky that I could go for the Armenian Liturgy for this feast.

Now thanks to Salpy, I know what's the name of these prayer in 4 corners ;)

I'm attaching a picture of this celebration taken by me. Don't be shocked by the look of the church - it's Ukrainian Greek Catholic and it was the first time they've borrowed it to Armenians for this feast
« Last Edit: September 17, 2012, 06:33:46 AM by Dominika »
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Re: What is the big feast thing I am missing today?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 06:41:09 AM »
Thank you everyone for the info and encouragement, and for sharing that pretty picture.
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