AAC celebrates Holy Nativity

news.am, Armenia
Jan 6 2010

AAC celebrates Holy Nativity

13:05 / 01/06/2010The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast
of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ on January
6. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Nativity
and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ on December 25.

Before the 4th century all Christians celebrated the Feast of the Holy
Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ on January 6. However,
even after adopting Christianity Romans continued to celebrate heathen
feasts. The thing is that on December 25 the feast dedicated to the
worship of son was solemnly celebrated. In order to hinder the
celebration of heathen feasts in 336 the Roman Catholic Church
officially proclaimed December 25 as the day of birth of Jesus Christ.
Later the day of birth of Jesus Christ was moved to December 25 in
Assyria and almost in all parts of the east, and January 6 remained as
the day of the Holy Nativity and Theophany and Baptism of our Lord
Jesus Christ.

Only the Armenian Apostolic Church has remained loyal to the ancient
tradition and evangelical calculations and celebrates the Feast of the
Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ jointly on
January 6.

In the evening of January 5 candlelight Divine Liturgy is celebrated
in all Armenian churches. It is interesting that candlelight Divine
Liturgy is celebrated only twice during the year ` on the eve of the
Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ and
on the eve of the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus
Christ. In the evening of that day people take to their homes candles
lit in the church symbolizing the divine light and the blessing of the
Church. Lighting candles symbolizes also the light of Bethlehem star
leading the magi from the east to the Baby Jesus.

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