Armenian ceramics pottery in Catholic history is distinctive because it is decorated uniquely with painting. As early as 2,000 BC, Armenia was already making burnished redware of superior quality. Excavations from that era reveal pots and bowls of numerous sizes and shapes.
The diverse range and the quality of Armenian ceramics in the Urartian period are particularly noteworthy. Potters skillfully replicated metallic vessels, such as Erebuni’s drinking cup or the well-known shoe-shaped rhyton.
Few things represent the spirit of Christmas like Nativities do. The image of Baby Jesus – surrounded by Joseph, Mary, shepherds, angels, the three wise men, and barn animals – can evoke a sense of awe, joy, and devotion in a true believer.
The journey of life is filled with moments of joy, hope, despair, and pain. Humans – being the sensitive creatures we are – tend to feel elated when something good happens and feel hopeless when something bad happens. Part of the reason why people tend to oscillate between the two extremes is that they do not have an anchor to hold on to during emotional times.
For true believers, the holy cross can be the anchor that provides us with the strength we need during times of turbulence and turmoil and the reminder to be thankful in times of joy.
Leather sandals, or Jesus sandals, are known for their minimalistic elegance, comfort, and durability. The practice of wearing sandals can be traced back to Biblical times. Several references to sandals can be found in the Bible as well as the Tanakh, which indicates that it was customary for early Israelites and Christians to wear sandals.