- Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak
Unique to the
Armenian Orthodox Church, the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to September 28, always two weeks after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In the 3rd century, the nun [http://www.armenianchurch.net/prayer/saints/hripsime-gayane.html St. Hripsime] buried a piece of the cross upon which Christwas crucified on Mount Varakin historic Armeniaas a way of protecting it from the soldiers of Emperor Maximian, who were pursuing her. Centuries later, in 650 A.D., a monkby the name of Todikhad a dream of a church on Mount Varak with 12 pillars in the center of which was a radiant cross. The cross then came to rest over the altar of the monastery of Varak, where Todik discovered the cross relic. When told the news by the monk, Catholicos Nersess(the builder) came to Varak, verified the relic's authenticity, and established a feast in honor of the discovery.
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