Sharakan or hymn is the main type of our spiritual-ecclesiastical music, at the same time, it is one of the oldest genres of Armenian language poetry. The authors of ancient examples of hymns are Mesrop Mashtots, Sahak Partev, Movses Khorenatsi, Hovhan Mandakuni. Many of our hymn writers wrote hymns dedicated to Christmas, the first and great holiday of the Christian year. These works are dominated by the inspiring and festive mood of the Savior's birth, the motifs of admiration for the Holy Mother of God and Baby Jesus. The hymns and gospels of Christmas are discussed in "Parallel Readings" by literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan.

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