BREAD & SALT: SEASON 2: Over the Fire

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Every year on February 14—the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple—Armenians in Armenia (and in parts of the diaspora) light bonfires and jump over the flames. Where does this tradition come from? And what does it mean?

The Eastern Diocese is pleased to introduce a new video series, titled “Bread and Salt: Stories from the Armenian Church.” In this inaugural episode, Kathryn Ashbahian explains the symbolism of the “Water Blessing” service performed in the Armenian Church on January 6, the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord.