Consecration, Blessing & Bestowing of Ranks
SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER
The Icon of the Holy Mother & Christ Child
A new painting of the Holy Mother of God and Christ Child will soon adorn the altar table following the consecration of the painting this Sunday.
The tradition of placing an image of the Virgin Mary and Infant Christ over the altar table where Badarak is celebrated glorifies the virtue of her consent to become the “living temple” of the Incarnate Lord. Through Mary, the gift of salvation entered the world in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. So befittingly this image is placed upon the holy altar where the gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of our Lord.
The Relic of Noah’s Ark
The Commemoration of the Pontiff St James of Nisibis will be observed this Sunday when the holy relic of Noah’s Ark which is kept in our Diocese depository will be brought down for the occasion.
According to tradition, the Pontiff St James who was a nephew of St Gregory the Illuminator and described as the “Wonderworker” for his numerous miracles, became the bearer of a piece of Noah’s Ark in his quest to climb the mountain to search for its existence.
On this day, a special blessing service will take place for members of our congregation with the holy saint’s namesake, Hagop.
Click here to read more about the commemoration.