Fasts & Feasts

Information about the Fasts and Feast days of the Armenian Church.

Water Blessing at St. John Church

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015 was a family day at St. John Church, it means the congregation participates in singing along with the choir, and Sunday School children some serve on the altar and some sing with the choir. Following the solemn Divine Liturgy, Fr. Mesrop Ash explained why the Armenian Church performs the Blessing of the Water, which is a symbolic commemoration of the Baptism of Christ. It is customary to have a Godfather during the Water Blessing service, however, this year because Hovnan Surpazan declared the year 2015 the “Year of the Youth”, Fr.

Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and the Blessing of the Deacons

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sunday, December 25, was the Feast of St. Stephen, the Protomartyr, who was one of the seven deacons ordained by the Apostles according to the New Testament books of Acts.  As December 28 was the following Sunday, following Divine Liturgy, Fr. Mesrop gave a brief introduction of why we celebrate the feast of St. Stephen, and then invited the deacons that were present to express how and why they were inspired to become deacons.

Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God- Grape Blessing

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Assumption is the day that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. It is the oldest and principal feast day of all those dedicated to St. Mary. Sunday, August 17, more than 150 faithful came to St. John Church to celebrate The feast day of the Assumption of St. Mary.

Lenten Recipe: Spinach Soup

Friday, March 1, 2013
4 cups hot water
½ cup Lentils, picked over to discard residue
½ cup cracked wheat, large
1-2 cloves garlic, mashed
1-2 teaspoons salt to taste
1 16-ounce can whole tomatoes, broken up
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 10-ounce package whole-leaf frozen spinach (or its equivalent in fresh spinach leaves
1 teaspoon crushed, dried or 2 tablespoons fresh, minced basil


    Lenten Recipe: Zucchini with Peppers and Onion

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    In Armenian this dish is called: Bughbeghov yev Sokhov Tutoom

    ¼ cup olive oil
    2 onions, sliced in ¼ -inch rounds
    1 ¼ pounds small zucchini cut into ¼-inch rounds(there should be about 4 cups)
    1 pepper (red or green, or ½ of each), cut into strips
    1 14-ounce can Italian-style plum tomatoes
    ½ teaspoon crushed, dried basil
    ¼ teaspoon crushed, dried mint leaves
    Salt and pepper to taste


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