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THE «TՕNACOYC» (CHURCH CALENDAR) OF SIMEON CATHOLICOS YEREVANTSI
 
GRIGOR BROUTIAN
 
Almost in all modern sources concerning the Tonacuyc of Simeon Catholicos it is mentioned that Simeon Yerevantsi has divided Tonacuyc into two parts – two volumes. The source of all such statements is the preface of the Tonacuyc  published by Simeon Catholicos in 1774 in St. Ejmiacin.
 
In contrary, we see that this Tonacuyc is not divided in essence: it is published in one volume, it has general numeration of pages and the contents of two "volumes" continue and supplement each other.
 
Analyzing this Tonacuyc and other similar books published during preceding hundred (and more) years we see that Simeon Catholicos has first united the traditional Tonacuyc with another important book concerning Armenian calendar called Parzatowmar that was widely used that time. After this unification he has formally divided the newly formed unite into two volumes according to the original contents of the former components. Thus, Simeon Catholicos has officially changed the traditional canonic structure of Tonacuyc  firstly composed and determined in early V century by the Catholicos St. Sahak Partew.
 
The Catholicos Simeon has also made changes in the list of holidays and the priority of the feasts. All the changes made by this reform take aim to raise and emphasize the value and the authority of Armenia and Armenian Church.
 
 
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