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id055The initial acts of our Lord’s saving economy in which He revealed Himself to the world (the Annunciation by Archangel Gabriel, Nativity, worship of the magi, Circumcision on the eighth day, Presentation on the fortieth day, Baptism in the Jordan) were all celebrated in the early days of Christianity during the great feast period known as Epiphany.

Subsequently these memorable events turned into separate feasts of their own, arranged over specific months and days of the year. Only on the feast of Epiphany Nativity and Baptism were celebrated together, since, according to the Gospel, Christ’s 30th birthday was also the day of His Baptism, which, according to tradition, occurred on January 6.

In the fifth century the Greek Church separated the feast of Nativity from the feast of Baptism, and moved Nativity to December 25, setting an example for Christian churches worldwide. The Armenian Church, however, faithful to ancient tradition and apostolic canons, to this day celebrates Nativity and Baptism on January 6, in the feast of Epiphany.

The feast of Epiphany lasts eight days and concludes with the feast of Lord’s naming.