The Armenian word for Baptism is Mkrtel, Mkrtutyun. The work Knoonk is also commonly used meaning the sacrament through which the believer is regenerated by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to complete the rite of Christian initiation and adoption by God.
In the Armenian Apostolic Church tradition, the date for ceremony is set in consultation with the Pastor of the church and typically takes place within 40 days of birth. A Godfather is needed for the baptism in order to guarantee the faith of the person being baptized as well as taking him/her under his charge to see that he/she receives the proper Christian education. It is a requirement of the Armenian Church that the Godfather chosen be of the same religious practice of the Orthodox faith.
Baptisms and Birth Announcements
On Saturday, August 5, 2017, NATANIEL GUTIERREZ received the Sacrament of Baptism. We congratulate parents Daniel and Nicole Gutierrez. We also congratulate Godparents Anthony Balderas & Pauline Topalian, grandparents Danny & Lourdes Gutierrez and Rudy & Margie Balderas. We congratulate Baby Nataniel on reaching this spiritual milestone.
On Saturday, August 19, 2017, COCO POOCHIGIAN RABEY received the Sacrament of Baptism. We congratulate parents Eric & Celeste Rabey. We also congratulate Godparents Robert Poochigian, Jr. and Amanda Poochigian, grandparents George & Jenny Rabey and Robert & Nancy Poochigian. We congratulate Baby Coco on reaching this spiritual milestone.
On Sunday, August 27, 2017, LORI DZOVIG KANTARCI received the Sacrament of Baptism. We congratulate parents Garin and Alik Kantarci, Godparents Tsolag and Kelly Hovsepian, brother Shant, grandfather Hratch Hovsepian, and grandmother Beatris Kantarci We congratulate Baby Lori on reaching this spiritual milestone.