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These are the most recent sermons given by Father Yeremiah. Please click the flag_ar icon below for a translation of the sermon in the Armenian Language.

Sermon 12-25-2013

Christmas and Theophany


The Armenian Apostolic Church and the Armenian people will soon be celebrating the most important Christian holidays, Christmas.

Gospels of Matthew and Luke recount the events of the birth of the Savior of mankind, in humble circumstances in Bethlehem.  The Gospel of Luke tells the story of how Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, and how it came to be that the Savior and king of the world was born in humble conditions in a manger.  It also tells how the signs of the Savior's birth were seen in the stars by the Magi, who were too far away to the east of the manger, but came and offered their gifts to the baby Jesus gold , frankincense and myrrh .

With the birth of the Son of God, begins the sacraments of salvation for humanity, which continued with the sermons, miracles and healings of the Lord, and was completed with his crucifixion and resurrection.


Sermon 08-11-2014

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God, and the Blessing of the Grapes


The Armenian Apostolic Church of Oregon every year celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God, on the Sunday that is closest to August 15. This year, Sunday, August, 17, is the day that we will celebrate this Holiday. The Assumption of Mary is the fourth among the five major feasts of our church and it is one of the most respected and loved holidays in the Armenian Church.


The Armenian Church also celebrates the following feasts that are dedicated to the Mother of God: The Birth of the Virgin Mary, The Holy Annunciation day, The Discovery of the Reliquary of the Virgin Mary, The Discovery of the Holy Belt of the Virgin Mary, Saints Joachim and Anna, parents of the Holy Mother of God, and The Presentation of the Holy Virgin Mary. Among these feasts, the assumption of the Virgin Mary is the most popular one.

Very little is written in the Bible about the Virgin Mary. Church traditions and disciples’ stories, that have been passed down through the centuries, unravel some details about the life of the Virgin Mary. Most of the stories about Mary are holidays that are celebrated in the Armenian Church. In the Bible we first see Mary when the angel Gabriel appears to her and gives her the annunciation of her conception through the Holy Spirit and the arrival of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:26-38). This event is celebrated in the Armenian Church on April 7. Then, we see her during the birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-20). This event is celebrated in the Church on January 6. Then, we see her when she visits Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56), and also when Jesus was presented in the Temple (Luke 2:22-40). This event is celebrated in the Armenian Church on February 14.  Later, we see her when the boy Jesus was found in the temple listening and asking questions of the teachers (Luke 2:41-52), also during the wedding that took place at Cana where Jesus changed the water into wine (John 2:1-12), and finally during the crucifixion of Christ (John 19:26-27). In all these Bible passages, Mary appears as a very humble, meek and obedient person as well as a gentle, caring and loving mother. The following are some of the Christian traditions that are mentioned in the Armenian calendar: the birth of the Virgin Mary which is celebrated in September, her presentation in the Temple, and mentioning of her parents Joachim and Anna.



Sermon 02-20-2014

Holy Resurrection

On February 20, the Armenian Apostolic church will celebrate the most important holiday of Christianity, the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospels talks about the details of our Lord’s agony on His way to the cross, from betrayal to His crucifixion and burial. On the third day after the crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and other women carrying spices went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled and the tomb was empty. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen.” With this announcement the good news of our Lord’s resurrection has been given to all humanity.  According to the gospels, Jesus remained on earth after His resurrection for 40 days and He appeared to His disciples. He gave them new commandments, performed other miracles and ascended up into Heaven.

The miracle of the resurrection strengthened the disciples’ faith and the grace of the Holy Spirit empowered them to preach the good news of Jesus’ resurrection around the world. While they were preaching, the disciples declared that their faith would have been in vain if Jesus did not resurrect from the dead.

The faith of all Christians is based on the resurrection of Jesus because salvation and the promise of eternal life could have been completed only if He had resurrected. As we see in one of our church hymns (sharagans) “He defeated death with His death and He granted us life with His resurrection.”

After keeping lent for 40 days, the Armenian Church celebrates the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem and the Good Week (Avak Shabat). During this week the Church commemorates the suffering and the crucifixion of our Lord. On Saturday evening and Sunday morning the Church celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The resurrection day of Jesus Christ is also called Easter.

Armenians prepare colored eggs and special dishes on this joyous holiday. Some examples are cooked rice with raisin (pilav), fried vegetables and fish with wine.

In the Armenian Church we use a special form of greeting on Resurrection day; we say “Christ is risen from the dead” and as a reply we say “Blessed be Christ’s resurrection”.

After the Easter, parish members invite their priest for the blessing of their house. The priest blesses the members of the family and gives the good news of the resurrection to them.

Happy and blessed resurrection day to you, may the resurrected Christ bless you and strengthen your faith. Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead

Happy resurrection day

Father Yeremia Khachatryan

Parish Priest of St. Kevork Armenian Church of Portland



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