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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan


The Armenian Church observes Great Lent and Holy Week as two distinct fasts. Great Lent, which lasts for 40 days, signifies Jesus Christ's 40-day seclusion in the desert. It ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday, after which Holy Week commences. This week-long fast, also known as Passion Week, commemorates Jesus Christ's sufferings and crucifixion and precedes the Tabernacle Feast of Holy Easter.

Holy Week is the pinnacle of both our Lord's earthly life and our spiritual journey. During these days, we gather to remember and participate in the Passion of Jesus Christ and to witness the manifestation of God's infinite love. As the Apostle Paul writes, "God showed his love for us in that, although we were sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Indeed, Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, was crucified, died, and rose again for our salvation, giving us the boundless joy of eternal life.

Each day of Holy Week has its unique significance and name, which we invite you to explore together. Let’s walk together with our Lord Jesus Christ during the final days of His earthly life to glorify our resurrected Lord and share the good news of His resurrection with one another on the miraculous Easter morning.

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