ARMENIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
We had the opportunity to visit the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of St. James for Vespers. One might be wondering two things about our experience: Who are the Armenian Orthodox, and what are Vespers? Christianity has a tradition of marking certain times of the day with prayer. In Catholicism, there exists seven hours at which the church recites prayers: Matins (Office of Readings), Lauds (Morning Prayer), Terce (Mid-Moring Payer), Sext (Mid-Day Prayer), None (Mid-Afternoon Prayer), Vespers (Evening Prayer), and Compline (Night Prayer). All religious, priests, and deacons are required to pray these daily for the good of the Church according to their particular calling. These periods of prayer center on the psalms and include readings from either the Scriptures or Saints.
Tomb of St. James the Apostle