This day will remain as a memorable occasion for our community, as we began the new          2012 calendar year of Holy Liturgy services at St. Mesrob Armenian Church of Ottawa. As the Armenian Church celebrates Christmas, the day that Jesus was born and baptized, on Jan. 6, the community in Ottawa united together to observe the occasion on Sunday January 8 at St. Mark’s Church.

On the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany, the celebrant was Rev. Fr. Komitas Mirzakhanyan, Pastor of Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church of Laval, who was assisted by Deacon Ivan Gyadayan, Deacon in Charge of St. Mesrob. The church choir rendered the sacred music of the Holy Badarak beautifully, under the direction of Mrs. Marlene Iskedjian and organist Micheal Tourabian, with the enthusiastic participation of the faithful.  New to St. Mesrob church service on this date, was the use of the traditional cymbals, qshotss by the alter servers, adding the traditional pageantry of our ancient church to our Badarak.

Following his sermon, Der Komitas invited all the young children to the altar and gave them each a candle to participate in the blessing of the water ceremony, which commemorates the baptism of Christ.  The Holy Muron oil is bottled and distributed from Etchmiadzin to all Armenian churches around the world.   This year, Mr. Misag         Dokmadjian, was the godfather of the “Tchurortnek” ceremony.

A festive reception followed the Christmas service in the church hall giving all an opportunity to meet and greet and enjoy the holiday.  Traditional liquor and chocolates were served to all to mark this special day. Much appreciation to the Parish Council and all the community members who brought their contribution, to the grand hospitality table enjoyed by all who were present.

Next Divine Liturgy will be held on Sunday, February 19.