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LITURGY OF THE HOURS
The Divine Liturgy is the main worship service of the Armenian Church. But the Badarak, as we call it in Armenian, is much more than that. It provides the most intimate encounter we can have with God in this life. In the Divine Liturgy, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, comes to his people—to you and me—in two forms: First, by his Word, in the reading of the holy Gospel; and second, by his holy Body and Blood, in Holy Communion. These two actions—the reading of the Word of God, and the reception of Holy Communion—are the two pillars or building blocks of the Divine Liturgy in all ancient, apostolic churches.
The Liturgy of the Hours is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer. The Daily Services in the Armenian Apostolic Church are made up of nine services: Night, Morning, Sunrise, Third Hour, Sixth Hour, Ninth Hour, Evening, Peace and Rest Services. In ancient times all nine services were offered every day, especially in monasteries. At present only Night and Morning Services together and Evening services are conducted in churches daily for the majority of the year. The Hours are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Holy Trinity, using psalms, hymns, scripture and prayer. The dialogue is always held in the presence of God and using the words and wisdom of God.