Armenian Christmas January 2020
Program for Christmas Eve, Saturday January 18 and Christmas Day, Sunday January 19
Times are approximately
Saturday January 18
9.30 am His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem leaves from St. James, through Jaffa Gate, to Bethlehem.
10.00 am At the Mar Elias Convent His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch meets members of the Israeli Mounted Police, Deputy Mayors and Municipal Councilors of Bethlehem and Beit Jala, Mukhtars of the communities and Armenian notables.
10.30 am His Beatitude leaves Mar Elias for Bethlehem.
11.00 am His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch arrives at Manger Square,
where he meets the Father Superior of the Armenian Convent in Bethlehem and an Armenian Priest, as well as the Governor of Bethlehem, the Police Commandant in charge of the Bethlehem area, the Mayor and Municipal Councilors of Bethlehem, who accompany him to the Church of the Nativity.
2.00 pm His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch enters the Church of the Nativity for Vespers.
2.30 pm Vespers.
4.00 pm Divine Liturgy at the Grotto of the Nativity till 6.00 pm.
10.15 pm Night Service.
Midnight Continuation of the Night Service, from the Grotto.
Sunday January 19
1.15 am the Holy Chalice is brought to the Grotto of Nativity, start of Mass.
4.30 am Patriarchal Mass of the Nativity till 6.00 am.
8.00 am His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch leaves for Jerusalem.