Sunday nearest the Assumption (August 15)
Assumption of the Mother of God, Armenian Apostolic Church
Assumption of the Virgin, from a Gospel manuscript of 1232,
Matenadaran Institute, Yerevan, Armenia (source: "Manuscripts and
Miniatures | Armenia Travel, History, Archeology & Ecology," TourArmenia
| Travel Guide, www.tacentral.com)
|Today the gathered saints – blessed apostles
and chaste women
In garments luminous like torches – lit their lamps
And sang in unison: Blessed are You, most praised among women.
Today having placed the holy Virgin at the door of the tomb,
They awaited and expected the coming of the Lord Himself.
And behold, they saw on the highest heights the Creator, coming with a
multitude of angels,
While they sang in unison: Blessed are you, most praised among
Today they saw the Holy Virgin flying through the air
And on cloudy chariots ascending upward into the heavens,
With the wise virgins entering into heavenly tabernacles.
And in unison they sang: Blessed are you, most praised among women.
Today, accompanied by the many-eyed Cherubim and the six-winged
You entered into the seven starred tabernacle
And saw the various thrones prepared for you, O Lady.
We sing too in unison: Blessed are you, most praised among women.
This ancient Armenian hymn, the Canon for the Assumption of the Holy
Mother of God, possibly written by Moses of Chorene around 800, vividly
describes events following the Virgin's death. Hopeful rather than
grieving, the disciples do not seal Mary's body in the tomb, but gather
around it in prayer. They see Jesus coming in glory and the Virgin
ascending to heaven, and, with worshipers through the ages, repeat St.
Elizabeth's refrain, "Blessed art thou among women" (Luke
Since the 1100s, the Armenian Church has celebrated the Assumption of the
Mother of God on the Sunday nearest August 15, together with the Blessing of the
Grapes. According to custom, people refrain from eating grapes until after this
ceremony, when growers each bring some of their first harvest to the church,
then take the blessed grapes to their cellars to mix in with the rest,
extending the blessing over the whole crop. In pre-Christian times, an offering
of first fruits to the goddess Anahit took place around this
|"Asdvadzadzin Mother Of God," Gantegh 1.6 (August
2007), Sourp Hagop Armenian Church, Montréal, www.sourphagop.org|
|Charles Renoux, "La fęte de l’Assomption dans le rite Armenien,"
Paris, 2004, www.armenian.ch/church/Docs/Fete_assomption.pdf|
|ARMINA5, "The blessing of the grapes," Armenia - Events,
Aug. 12, 2008, armenia-events.blogspot.com|
|"Blessing of the Grapes," The Armenian Church-Mother See of
Holy Etchmiadzin, May 23, 2011, www.armenianchurch.org|
Also celebrated this day:
Panny Marie, Hrabyně, Opava, Moravia-Silesia, Czech Republic
(Assumption of the Virgin Mary)|
|Nagyboldogasszony, Mátraverebély-Szentkút, Nógrád, Northern Hungary,
Hungary (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin)|
Heves, Northern Hungary, Hungary|
|Nagyboldogasszony, Zalaháshágy, Zala, Western Transdanubia, Hungary|
|Nagyboldogasszony, Ercsi, Fejér, Central Transdanubia, Hungary|
|Nádi Boldogasszony, Gyula, Békés, Southern Great Plain, Hungary
(Blessed Virgin of the Cane)|
|Our Lady, Consoler of the Afflicted, Kevelaer, Donnybrook, KwaZulu-Natal,
|Virgen de La Vega, Torre de Juan Abad, Ciudad Real, Castilla La Mancha,
Spain. Romería. Fiesta Sept. 8.|