Seven Sacraments of the Armenian Church: Penitence, part 1

Penitence is the sacrament of receiving forgiveness for sins. What is a sin, to what extent is it realized by people and how can one be justified? Penance, confession, atonement: why are these three conditions vital for the sacrament of penitence? Is it important to turn to an ordained priest and what are the ways of atonement?


Unction of the Sick

Unction of the sick is a sacrament through which the priest helps the sick person get relieved from mental and physical maladies. In which cases should it take place, what is it aimed to, what is required for the ceremony? Topics are covered by Father Vardan Navasardyan.


Baptism: the rite

Baptism is one of the seven sacraments of the Armenian Church. Why does the Armenian Church encourage baptism of children? Why does the priest bestow a different name to the newly baptized? How shall the adults who want to get baptized be prepared for the Baptism? How should one treat his/her own self and life after the Baptism? Why is double Baptism unacceptable? Topics are covered by Father VardanNavasardyan.


Holy Communion is one of the sacraments of the Armenian Church. It is considered as the sacrament of salvation for the believer. What does it mean to commune with the Christ Risen, why is the fulfillment of that specific sacrament deemed as miraculous? Can thesacrament change one's life? How to get prepared for the Communion? Father VardanNavasardyan is explaining the realization of human to human and human to God relationships accomplished through the sacrament of Holy Communion.


Wedding (Holy Matrimony), Part 2-րդ

The sacrament of wedding is one of the holy sacraments of the Armenian Church. Why does the Armenian Church put much emphasis on the family unity, what is the position of the Church on domestic violence or abortion, is the wedding sacrament unique just like the Baptism? When is the divorce or second-time marriage allowed? What shall the couples do if they didn’t get married in the Church?

All topics are covered and exhorted by Father Vardan Navasardyan.


Wedding (Holy Matrimony), Part 1

Nowadays, many people treat the sacrament of wedding as a simple tradition. While the sacrament of wedding is one of the holy sacraments of the Armenian Church. It is through this sacrament that the message of the Disciple is being set forth: what God has united let no man part. How should one treat the wedding, marriage and fidelity in family, what is the wedding procedure, what conditions are defined by the Armenian Church for the wedding?

These issues are covered by Father Vardan Navasardyan.


Penitence, part 2

There are two types of confession distinguished in the Armenian Church -- individual and collective. Every believer has the freedom to choose his/her priest to confess to. According to the canon of the Armenian Church, the priest who makes the secret communicated by the confessor public, shall be liable to a most strict punishment.
How does the confession and forgiveness of sins progress, why only the ordained priest has the right to bestow forgiveness of sins, can penitence contribute to the individual and public well-fare?
The meaning of confession is explained by Father VardanNavasardyan.


Ordination, part 3

The order and symbolism of ordination of priests, bishops and catholicos is explained by Father Vardan Navasardyan. What is the holy naming and consecration, what responsibility and loyalty are the ordinates called upon?


Ordination, part 1

The person that is called to serve the church through Ordination, receives power and grace to perform ecclesiastical ceremonies, preach the Gospel, invite people to penitence and pass grace. What responsibility and power does the ordained priest assume? What are the preconditions for being ordained as a priest of the Armenian Church? What is the main mission of the priest? The sacrament is explained by Father Vardan Navasardyan.


Ordination, part 2