St. Thomas had its traditional Christmas Eve worship on the evening of January 5th.  The youth of St. Thomas, instructed by Dr. Levon Capan, recited select passages of the Bible, followed by the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak).

‘On the 5th of January, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates a Christmas Eve Candlelight Divine Liturgy.  In Armenian, the Divine Liturgy is called Chragaluytsi Patarag, (Chragaluytsi Patarag: “chrag” or “mom” – candle, and “lutsanel” – to burn).

This celebration of the Divine Liturgy is the sacred manifestation, or representation, of the Star of Bethlehem, which led the three “wise men”, or Magi, to the infant Jesus.  The star of the Holy Nativity, through its strength, was more brilliant than the sun, because it shone in the daylight as well as the night, as St. John Chrysostom compared it to the Old Testament’s column of clouds.’

Reference: Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin