Kim Kardashian West And Her Children Given New Names At Armenian Baptism
Kim and three of her children plus her sister Kourtney Kardashian were christened in Etchmiadzin Cathedral, one of the world's oldest cathedrals.
The deacon of the religious ceremony, Nairi Srapionyan, said he had met with the family prior to the event and was asked to stand-in as the children's godfather.
Srapionyan has revealed that during the baptism, Kim, 38, was given the Armenian name Heghine and sister Kourtney, 40, was given Gayane.
According to the deacon, Kim's five-month-old son Psalm was given the name Vardan, while her 22-month-old daughter Chicago and three-year-old son Saint were given the names Ashkhen and Grigor.
Kim and Kanye had their eldest daughter North baptised in the Cathedral of Saint James in Jerusalem's Armenian Quarter in 2015.
In a series of Instagram posts, Kim described feeling "blessed" to be baptised alongside her children at the ancient church, built in 303 AD. Her husband and the children's father, Kanye West, did not accompany them on the trip.
The rest of the late Robert Kardashian's children with Kris Jenner -- sister Khloe Kardashian and her 17-month-old daughter True Thompson, plus their brother Robert Jr and his two-year-old daughter Dream -- were also absent on the family's spiritual journey.
According to the deacon, Kim and Kourtney came prepared for their Christian Armenian baptism, "bringing with them crosses".
While Kourtney was baptised alongside Kim and her children, there is no confirmation that Kourtney's sons, nine-year-old Mason and four-year-old Reign and her daughter Penelope, seven, also took part in the ceremony.
The Kardashian-Jenner family's relationship with Christianity is well-known.
“We don’t share it much, but we’re really religious," Kim said in a 2018 interview with Vogue.
"We start our day with a group chat with a Bible verse from my mum, and everyone chimes in on the meaning of it.
"We are very Christian -- and our work ethic and our discipline comes from so many years at Catholic school.”
"When you think Kardashian, devout probably isn't the first thing that crosses your mind. Believe it or not, I come from a very religious family," sister Khloe wrote in a 2016 Lenny Letter.
Kim's husband Kanye , 42, conducts his Christian-inspired 'Sunday Service' musical worship weekly and will soon release his new album, Jesus Is King.
Her father, Robert Kardashian Sr, was a third-generation Armenian-American whose great-grandparents were Armenian Spiritual Christians. He died from cancer in 2003.
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