The Day of Motherhood and Blessing of Families

Annunciation St MaryJesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Dear New Mothers,
The Armenian Church celebrates the Day of Motherhood and Blessing of Families On the occasion of Annunciation to St. Mary, the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

On this feast, the Armenian Church blesses new mothers and their babies. With great joy I extend my heartfelt invitation to all mothers with their babies to participate in Holy Liturgy and to receive special blessing on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Please confirm your participation by replying to this email or call the church office at 416-431-3001 ext. 226 by Friday, April 5th.

We are looking forward to have you and your child with us on this beautiful feast.

With love and prayer,
Fr. Zareh Zargarian

Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Avedoumn Sourp Asdvadzadzini) comes nine months before Christmas on the seventh of April in the Armenian Liturgical calendar. It is the celebration of the announcement of the forthcoming birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.

The Annunciation commemorates the tidings which the Angel Gabriel brought to Mary. It is part of the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy and plan, and the most important event in Mary’s life.

Mary is greeted with an exalted salutation by the angel Gabriel because in her destiny to be the mother of Christ, she is the most blessed woman of all time. This episode is recorded only in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. Annunciation St Mary.jpg

“Do not be afraid, Mary,” the Angel Gabriel said, as he appeared before the young woman,
“for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the House
of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)

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