Armenians in Jerusalem celebrated Christmas on January 18. In the morning His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem left from the Armenian Convent in Jerusalem to Bethlehem.
Priests, Deacons and Seminarians followed the Patriarchate’s car in procession. The faithful were invited to join the procession.
The procession was welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem, the Mayors of Beit Jala and Beit Sahur, Mukhtars of Bethlehem and notables of the Armenian Community, and then continued to Bethlehem.
Later in the day a Divine Liturgy was held in the Church of the Nativity. His Beatitude read the Gospel and gave his Christmas Sermon.