The Faith of the Armenian Church is transmitted through the church's Holy Tradition, i.e., the ongoing life of the church from the time of Christ to our times. The Bible, liturgy and worship, writing of the church fathers, church councils, saints, canons, religious art and rituals - organically linked together - formulate the Holy Tradition of the Church.
This Faith is articulated in the Creed of the Armenian Church, which in turn defines the church's raison d'etre and sets the parameters of its modus operandi.
The Armenian Church professes her faith in the context of her worship. Theologically, whatever the church believes, the church prays. Therefore, the Armenian Church's worship and liturgy constitute a prime source for teaching her faith. History, i.e., Tradition, on the other hand, defines and formulates the "articles of faith" and transmits them from generation to generation.
The Armenian Church believes in One God, the Father Almighty who is the Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible & invisible. Humanity (male and female) is created in the image and likeness of God, and as such is a special creature. However, because of the Fall of man, sin entered the world.
The Church believes in Jesus Christ, "the only begotten Son of God...who came down from heaven," was incarnate, was born of the Virgin Mary, by the Holy Spirit. He became man, was crucified for us and suffered and was buried. He rose again from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.
The Armenian Church believes in the Holy Spirit - uncreated and perfect, who proceeds from the Father- and together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified. The Holy Spirit spoke to the prophets and apostles and descended into the Jordan, witnessing Christ's Baptism.
The Armenian Church is One, Holy, Apostolic, Catholic, Church.
She believes in one Baptism with repentance for the remission and forgiveness of sins. On judgement day, Christ will call all men and women who have repented to eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom, which has no end. Christ overcame the power of death with His own and gave salvation to all mankind.
The dogmas of the Armenian Church are based on these "articles of faith."
The Armenian Church belongs to the Orthodox family of churches (see fig. 1). She is also known as the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church (Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական Ուղղափառ Եկեղեցի).