The course will explore the Biblical beginnings of the Badarak and trace the development of its theology and liturgy through the centuries, focusing on the Armenian traditions. Another emphasis of the course will be to offer a contemporary commentary on the main prayers and popular hymns of this centuries-old yet ever-inspiring central celebration of Christianity. This course will be your opportunity to ask questions you always wanted to ask, such as “why is the Badarak one-hour-and-a-half long?”, “If God is everywhere, why do we have to go to church to pray?” or “Why do priests and deacons where the vestments they do?” or “Why do we burn incense?” … and other questions. Hopefully you will receive satisfying answers. The two sessions of the course will be offered at St. Yeghiche Church, on Sundays, 20 and 27 June at 2:00pm after Badarak. Each of the 90-minute sessions will include a 15 minute break in the middle of the session.