Armenian Rite (Mass and Eucharist)

bookThe Armenian Rite is an independent liturgy used by the Armenian Apostolic and Armenian Catholic Churches. The liturgy is patterned after the directives of St. Gregory the Illuminator, founder and patron of The Armenian Church in 301 A.D. One of the earliest writing in the Armenian Church describes the central moment of the Divine Liturgy as “drink[ing] from the vivifying cup of salvation in the hope of the Resurrection that is to say of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ”. From the very beginning, and throughout their tumultuous history, the Armenian people have found ultimate hope and meaning in Holy Communion with God in the Divine Liturgy. In this “Great Mystery” as the Armenian Church fathers called it, the Church dedicates itself to God in a symbolic offering of bread and wine. The same bread and wine become a gift from God when He transforms them into the Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The mass (Badarak) is therefore the self-offering of the Church to God and the self-offering of God to the Church in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Or in the words of our Lord himself,

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:56).

The words, music, rituals, and Biblical symbols that constitute the Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church vividly expresses this reality.

Mass of the Armenian Church of Holy Trinity starts 10:30am every Sunday morning and ends just after midday.