House blessings and Տնօրհնէք

House blessings are one of the traditions of the Armenian Church, which according to St. Gregory of Datev was established by Our Savior Jesus Christ, when after His Resurrection He entered the upper room and blessed the disciples. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (John. 20:19).

Through the Home Blessing Service, the house of the faithful becomes a “small church” 1:2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:2). During the Service, the priest prays to God and request He keep the home, its inhabitants, and the children in good health, so that they live a devout life, glorify the name of Almighty God and heighten the Holy Church.

 

The priests and clergy visit families and bless their houses especially after the Nativity and Easter. It is to share the good news of Christ’s birth or Resurrection, strengthen their faith as well as ask God’s blessings for the families.

It is desirable and encouraging that the devout faithful attend church and invite a priest to conduct the service of the home blessing on Christmas, Easter and on other occasions. That Service is of great importance and necessary for every Christian both for the peace of soul and blessing of home items, because: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1), also “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.” (Psalm 91:9-10)

All members of the community who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of Nativity should call their parish priests or Primates’ Office  7949 810704 to make arrangements. Have a piece of bread, a dish of salt and a glass of water available for the blessing.