The Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God (Asdvadzadzin)
Sunday, 8/13/17, All Day Event
Divine Liturgy: 9:45 a.m.
Celebrant/Homilist: Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian
The Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God (Asdvadzadzin) is one of the five major Feast Days of the Armenian Church and the oldest of feasts associated with Saint Mary. The Armenian Church celebrates this feast on the Sunday nearest August 15. It commemorates the taking up into heaven ("assumption") of the Holy Mother at her death. Tradition relates that Mary lived another 15 years after our Lord's crucifixion. St. Bartholomew, the only apostle absent from Jerusalem when St. Mary died, asked to visit her tomb upon his return a short while after she was buried. When the tomb was unsealed, her body was gone and the angels were heard singing for three days and three nights.
The blessing of grapes is associated with this feast day. Grapes are the "first fruit" of the harvest, just as Saint Mary was the first true apostle and witness of the new covenant as the "mother/bearer of God" or Asdvadzadzin. Grapes are also made into the wine of Holy Communion. All those wishing to donate grapes or contribute in lieu of grapes may call the Church Office, 617.354.0632.
According to the canons of the Armenian Church, Requiem Service (Hokehankisd) may not be performed on the five major feast days of the Armenian Church. Requests for Requiem Service will be conducted on Sunday, August 20.