Easter Sunday (Soorp Zadig) Church Services
Sunday, 4/21/19, 9:00am
Holy Trinity Armenian Church
145 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Morning Service, 9:00 a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.
Sermon, 11:45 a.m.
Following the Divine Liturgy, join us on the Garabed Baghdasar and Haiganoosh Hagopian Hollisian Plaza for the ACYOA Juniors Tulip and Easter Lily Plant Sale, as they continue their service to the parish, and Reception and the chance to greet one another on Easter Sunday.
Orhnyal eh harootiunun Krisdosee! Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!
Easter commemorates the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. He died upon the cross and rose on the third day. The good news of his resurrection encouraged his disciples, who were disheartened because of his great suffering and crucifixion. Easter is the most solemn feast of the church. The joyous character of Easter is shown by the drastic change in the atmosphere and tone of worship in the church. The long and heavy services of Lent and Holy Week give way to more joyous and triumphant hymns in which the words Krisdos haryev ee merelotz (Christ has risen from the dead) are constantly repeated.
In 325 A.D. the Ecumenical Council of Nicea decided to celebrate Easter on the first Sunday of the next full moon after the Spring Equinox. This is the reason Easter is movable and falls on one of the Sundays between March 22 and April 25.
Easter Sunday is followed by a period of forty days, during which time there are no saints days or fasting days. The period is entirely dedicated to the glorification of the resurrection of our Lord and of the forty days which Christ spent on earth after his resurrection. The last day is Ascension, commemorating our Lord's entry into heaven. Then comes Pentecost, which is the fiftieth day after Easter and commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, and the birth of the Christian Church.[taken from "Living the Armenian Church Year," published by the Department of Education and Youth, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)]