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
Congratulations to Arman and Breanne Khasigian
on the birth of their daughter ANNA ROSE KHASIGIAN born Saturday, January 14, 2017. We also congratulate grandparents Paul and Connie Khasigian and Susan and Tom Loyd. We congratulate baby Anna Rose’s uncles as well!
On Saturday, February 18, 2017, Marina received the Sacrament of Baptism. We congratulate her parents Rafik & Stella Khachatourian and Godfather John Sepetjian. We congratulate Marina on reaching this spiritual milestone.