Commemoration of St. Vahan of Goghten

2014-01-23


Vahan of Goghten was the son of Prince Khosrov, the Governor of the province of Goghten. In childhood, together with many other Armenian princes, he was captivated by the Arabs and was taken to Damask, where is circumcised and renamed Vahab.

Vahan was a very clever and skilled young man. Receiving proper education he undertook various responsibilities in the royal court. Despite the fact that he was brought up and educated in Arabic environment, Vahan knew about his ancestors. He hadn’t forgotten that he had been Christian and came from a noble family. In 719 AD The Armenian Pontiff Hovhannes of Odzoun paid a visit to the Governor of Damask, and upon his request the Governor allowed the captives to return to their homeland. Taking the opportunity Vahan also expressed wish to visit his homeland and was allowed on condition of returning. Reaching Armenia, Vahan became aware of the Governor’s death and took a decision to remain in his homeland. He married the daughter of the Prince Babken, the Governor of Syounik province, and lived there. However, the New Governor of Damask began the searches for Vahan. The latter concealing himself, wandered in his homeland, in Georgia, visited many churches and monasteries and finally stopped in the town Routsap, in Syria. Rejecting the governor’s suggestion to change his faith, he was martyred in 737 AD. On the day of the saint’s commemoration a special church hymn is sung, the author of which is his sister Khosrovidoukht.

Commemoration of the Virgin Eugine, her father - Philippus, her mother Klothia and her two servants

2014-01-23

Philippus was a Roman nobleman. Being appointed the Governor of Egypt, together with his family he moved to Alexandria. Eugine, the daughter of Philippus, upon his father advice began to study in Alexandria. During the studies she read the Apostle St. Paul’s epistles with great interest. Believing in Christ, Eugine and her two servants were baptized and became Christians. Then wearing man’s clothing, she entered a monastery and later became the Abbess. A young woman fell in love with Eugine and being refused by her, blamed her in an attempt to rape. Facing the judge, who was her father, Eugine was forced to reveal the truth and to identify herself. Her father and other relatives, listening from Eugine about the Savior, became Christians. Becoming aware of that reality, the Emperor ordered to kill Philippus. Their family moved to Rome, where they were beheaded because of being Christians. Eugine was beheaded on the day of the Holy Feast of Nativity and Theophany. Soon after that Eugine’s mother - Klothia, was martyred, too.

 

January

01 New Year
05 Eve of Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Candlelight (Lucernarium) Divine Liturgy
06 Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
13 Feast of Naming of Our Lord Jesus Christ
14 Feast of the Birth of St. John the Forerunner (Baptist)
16 Commemoration of the Patriarch St. Peter, Bishop St. Vlas and Deacon Abisolom
18 Commemoration of St. Anton the Hermit
18 Commemoration of the Hermits St. Triphon, St. Parsam and St. Vonoprios
20 Commemoration of the King St. Theodos and Children of Ephesus
21 Commemoration of Sts. Martyrs Gordios, Poghiktos and Grigoris
21 Commemoration of St. Kirakos and his mother Judithah
23 Commemoration of St. Vahan of Goghten
23 Commemoration of the Virgin Eugine, her father - Philippus, her mother Klothia and her two servants
25 Commemoration of Patriarchs St. Athanasius and St. Cyril of Alexandria
27 Commemoration of Martyrs Sts. Eugenios, Makarios, Valerios, Canditos and Akyoughas
28 Commemoration of Sts. Captain Andre and his army, Martyrs Kalinikos and Dometios
30 Commemoration of Sts. Adrianos and his wife - Anatolia, Martyrs Theodoros and Elevturos

February

01 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian
03 Commemoration of the Maccabees, Sts. Eleazar the Priest, Shamuna and her seven Sons
04 Commemoration of the 12 Minor Prophets – Sts. Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
06 Commemoration of Sts. Sophia and her three daughters - Pistos, Yelpis and Agapie
08 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s Sons and Grandsons – Sts. Aristakes, Vrtanes, Housik, Grigoris and Daniel
09 Eve of the Fast of Catechumens
13 Commemoration of the Prophet Jonah
14 Tiarn’ndaraj
15 Feast of St. Sarkis the Captain, Patron of Love and Youth, his son Martyros and his 14 Soldiers-Companions
17 Commemoration of Sts. Atomians
18 Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas
20 Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests
22 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev
24 Commemoration of Bishop St. Mark, Priest St. Pion, Deacons St. Kyouregh (Cyril) and St. Benjamin and holy martyrs Sts. Abdlmseh, Vormzdana and Sayen
25 Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions
27 Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and Companions

March

01 Commemoration of 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople
02 Eve of Great Lent or Great Barekendan
08 Commemoration of St. Theodoros the Captain
09 March 9 - Sunday of Expulsion
15 Commemoration of St. Cyril the Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Cyril the Bishop of Jerusalem and his mother Anna
16 Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun
22 Commemoration of St. John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarch St. John of Otzoon, St. John of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev
23 Sunday of Steward
26 Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)
29 Commemoration of the forty Holy Martyrs
30 Sunday of the Judge

April

05 Commemoration of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s torments and commitment to the pit
06 Sunday of Advent
07 Annunciation to the Virgin Mary
12 Commemoration of Raising of Lazarus
13 Palm Sunday
14 Holy Monday
15 Holy Tuesday
16 Holy Wednesday
17 Holy Thursday
18 Good Friday
19 Holy Saturday, Eve of Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ or the Easter Feast, Candlelight Divine Liturgy
20 Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ
26 Commemoration of Beheading of St. John the Baptist
27 New Sunday

May

04 Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday)
11 Red Sunday
18 Feast of Apparition of the Holy Cross
29 Feast of Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

June

01 Second Palm Sunday
08 Feast of Pentecost
15 Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah
16 Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions
17 Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions
19 Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine
21 Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s deliverance from the pit
22 Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin
23 Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier
24 Commemoration of St. Nooneh and St. Maneh
26 Commemoration of St. Princes Sahak and Hovsep and St. Martyrs Sarkiss and Bagos
28 Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad
29 Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Illuminator
30 Commemoration of Sts. Epiphanius the Cypriot, (Bishop of Cyprus) Babylas the Patriarch and his three Disciples

July

01 Commemoration of the Prophet Isaiah
01 Commemoration of Sts. Constantine (Kostandianos) the Emperor and his mother Helen
03 Commemoration of Sts. Theodotus of Galatia, Thalelaus the Physician and seven martyred Virgins of Ancyra
05 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator
07 Commemoration of Sts. Antoninus, Theophilus, Anicetus and Potinus
08 Commemoration of the Prophet Daniel, and his Companions Sts. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
10 Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahak and St. Mesrop
12 Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht
13 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box
14 Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest
15 Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah
17 Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha
19 Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul
20 Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration
26 Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church
27 Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

August

01 Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box
02 Commemoration of the Apostle Thaddeus and the Virgin Sandoukht
04 Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina
05 Commemoration of Martyrdom of Sts. Antiochus the Bishop and his ten disciples and five martyrs
07 Commemoration of the Holy Forefather
09 Commemoration Day of 200 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus
10 Eve of the Fast of St. Mary, Holy Godmother
16 Feast of the Apparition (“Shoghakat”) of Holy Etchmiadzin
17 Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God
26 Commemoration of Sts. Joachim and Anna, Parents of the Holy Mother of God, and Oil-Bringing Women
28 Commemoration of the Prophet Jeremiah
30 Commemoration of St. Thomas

September

01 Commemoration of Sts. Stepanos of Ulnia, Martyrs Goharine, Tsamides, Tyoukikos and Ratikos
02 Commemoration of the Prophets Ezekiel, Ezra and Zechariah - St. John the Baptist’s Father
04 Commemoration of Sts. John the Baptist and Job the Righteous
06 Commemoration of 318 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea
07 Eve of the Fast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross
08 Birth of St. Mary from Anna
13 Eve of the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross
14 Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross
21 Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varague
22 Commemoration of Sts. Mamas, Piliktimon and Simeon Stylite
23 Commemoration of Sts. Peprone, Mariane and Shoushan, daughter of Vartan the Great
25 Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Baragham, Antimos and Yeranos
27 Commemoration of Sts. Gevorg the Captain, Adoktos and Romanos the Singer
28 Feast of the Holy Cross of Varague
29 Commemoration of St. Davit of Dvin and Saint Martyrs Dambeos and Dambeuhie
30 Commemoration of St. Eustatheos, his Wife Theophista and their two sons, and the Virgins Yermone and Nektarine

October

02 Commemoration of Princes St. Sahak and Hamazasp Artsrounie
04 Commemoration of Christ’s seventy-two Disciples
06 Commemoration of Pontiff St. Pokas and St. Yeranos
07 Commemoration of the Virgins St. Tekegh, St Varvara and St. Peghigea
09 Commemoration of Sts. Pandaleon the Physician, Yermoghayos the Priest and the Virgin Eupraxia
11 Feast of the Holy Translators - Sts. Mesrob, Yeghishe, Moses of Khoronk, philosopher Davit Anhaght, Gregory of Narek and Nerses the Gracious (Nerses of Kla)
13 Feast of Discovery of Relics of Catholicos St. Grigoris of Aghvank, Commemoration of St. Fathers Tatoul, Varos, Toumas, Anton, Kronides and the Seven Herbivorous Hermits Martyred in the Innaknya Monastery
14 Commemoration of the Apostles Anania, Matthias, Barnabas, Philip, John and Silas
16 Commemoration of St. Dionysius of Areopagus, the Apostles Timothy and Titus
18 Feast of the Evangelists Sts. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John
20 Feast of Sts. Captain Lukianos, who believed in Christ’s Crucifixion, Joseph - the Godfather, Joseph of Arimathea, and Friends of Christ – Lazarus and his two sisters – Martha and Mary
21 Feast of the Priest St. Theoditon, Sts. Soldiers Zenon, Makar, Eudoxios and Ramelas
23 Commemoration of St. Aret and His Companions, Holy Martyrs Artemeos, Sts. Christopher and the Two Women – Kalinike and Akyouline
25 Commemoration of the Twelve Archimandrites – Sts. Retheos, Dionisios, Selbestros, Athanas, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem Khourie Assyrian, Vasil (Barsegh) of Caesaria, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theoloegian, Epiphan of Cyprus, John Chrysostom and Cyril
26 Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross
27 Commemoration of the Priest St. Anastas, Sts. Varos, Theoditeh and her Sons
28 Commemoration of Sts. Hipirikians, Martyred in Samosat
28 Commemoration of Sts. Severianos (Severianus) of Sebastia and the old man Babelas
30 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. John the Chrysostom

November

01 Feast of All Saints - the old and the new, the known and the unknown
03 Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff of Rome St. Stepannos, the Priests, the Deacons and the people
04 Commemoration of Sts. Bishop Akipsimos, Priest Hovsep (Joseph), Deacon Ayitala and Martyr Platon
06 Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Metropanos, Alexandros and Paul the Confessor, and the Scribes Markianos and Martyron
08 Commemoration of Archangels Gabriel and Michael and the Entire Heavenly Class
10 Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff Melitos of Antioch, Minas of Egypt and the other Bishop Melitos, Priest Bouras and Deacon Shinou
11 Commemoration of St. Martyr Demetrios and the Priest St. Basilikos
13 Commemoration of Sts. Gurias, Samunas, Deacon Abib, Romanos the Hermit, Child the Confessor and Soldier Husikos
15 Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip
16 Eve of the Fast of Advent
21 Presentation of Three-Year-Old St. Mary to the Church
22 Commemoration of Sts. Gregory the Thaumaturge, Pontiff Nikoghayos and Bishop Muron
24 Commemoration of Sts. Juliane and Vasilouhie
25 Commemoration of Priest St. Lukianos, Sts. Martyrs Taragros, Probos and Andronikos, and Vonesimos, the Disciple of the Apostle St. Paul
27 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Klemes and Bishop St. Bagrat of Toromena
29 Commemoration of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, the first preachers of Christianity in Armenia

December

01 Commemoration of Bishop St. Genarius, Soldier St. Merkerius
02 Commemoration of Sts. Captain St. Kornelius, St. Shmavon, Christ’s Relative, martyred in Jerusalem, and Bishop St. Policarpus of Smyrna and the holy martyrs of the East
04 Commemoration of the Hermits (Egyptian Fathers)
06 Commemoration of Pontiff St. Nikoghayos
07 Eve of the Fast of St. James
08 Commemoration of Sts. Minas, Yermogines, Grabus, voluntary poor Hovhannes and Alexius
09 Conception of St. Mary by Anna
11 Commemoration of Sts. Eustratius, Ogsentius, Eugenius, Ovrestes and Mardarius
13 Commemoration of the Pontiff St. James of Nisibis, hermit St. Maruge and Bishop St. Melitus
15 Commemoration of the Pontiffs Sts. Ignatius, Adde and Bishop Maruta
16 Commemoration of Bishop St. Theopompus, martyr St. Theovna and soldiers Sts. Basos, Eusebius, Eutikus and Basilides
18 Commemoration of the Virgins Sts. Indos, Domna, Prist Glerikus and twenty thousand martyrs martyred in the Church of Nicomidia
20 Commemoration of St. Abgar, First Martyr of the Church and our first king believing in Christ
22 Commemoration of Sts. Abraham and Khoren, Kozma and Damianos
23 Commemoration of the Prophet St. David and Apostle St. James, brother of Jesus
23 Commemoration of the Martyr St. Astvatsatoor
25 Commemoration of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and the first martyr
27 Commemoration of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul
29 Commemoration of the Apostle St. James and Evangelist St. John
29 Eve of the Fast of Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Fast of Christmas)