Vondnluvah and Good Friday 2018

HOLY THURSDAY (AVAK HINKSHAPTI) SERVICES VODUNLUVAH- WASHING OF THE FEET KHAVAROOM – SERVICE OF THE BETRAYAL AND PASSION OF OUR LORD

Thursday, March 29th was a very busy evening at St. Mary. The young children and some men of our parish were all prepared and ready to get their feet washed by Der Moushegh. They had put on shabigs, taken off their shoes, and bared their right foot. In a reenactment of the event at the Last Supper where Jesus humbled Himself by washing the feet of His disciples, (John 13:2-17), so too, our priest washed and blessed the feet of the old and young. The participants, after getting “clean”, kissed Der Hayr’s ring, and the Holy Bible. It was a wonderful sight to see.

But the evening wasn’t over, yet. After the Washing of the Feet service, we gathered in Fesjian Hall for our traditional Khavaroom Vosp, (Lentil Porridge). Made expertly by the Ladies Society, we were all happy to have some sustenance for the long vigil ahead. At 8:30p.m., the service started. This vigil commemorates Christ’s Betrayal and Passion of our Lord. Gospels are read, hymns are sung, and 12 candles, (one of them black to disgrace Judas’ memory), are lit one by one. Throughout the service they are then extinguished two by two, until the entire church is plunged into total darkness! When the lights are finally turned on, and the service is ended, you feel you have participated in a very special event.

GOOD FRIDAY (AVAK OORPAT) SERVICE OF THE BURIAL OF OUR LORD

On Friday, March 30th, St. Mary celebrated Good Friday, the day we commemorate the burial of Christ. A special tomb is set up on a table with flowers, candles, and of course, a large cross. This years’ service was extra special, though. On a recent trip to California, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, presented Der Moushegh with a piece of the excavated stone (about 2 inches long), from the Holy Sepulcher, the Actual Tomb of Jesus Christ, where according to the Gospels and tradition, Jesus Christ was laid to rest, and where He rose on the third day with His Glorious and Miraculous Resurrection!

The faithful who attend this service bring flowers that they place on the tomb themselves. Der Moushegh with his deacons, conducts the service, and blesses the tomb and all the flowers with the incense of the poorvar. When the service is over, the parishioners kiss the Holy Bible and cross, and then select one or many of the blessed flowers to take home with them. Some of the faithful crawl under the “tomb”, as another way of showing their faith. By the way, the Holy Relic encased in the radiance will now be permanently placed on the Holy Altar of St. Mary Church.

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