PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Look On As North Is Baptised In A Traditional Armenian Ceremony In Jerusalem

Incredible moment: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took their daughter North to be baptised in the holy St. James Cathedral in Jerusalem's Old City during their recent trip to the Holy Land
Incredible moment: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took their daughter North to be baptised in the holy St. James Cathedral in Jerusalem's Old City during their recent trip to the Holy Land
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter North is now a member of the Armenian Apostolic Church - the oldest national church in the world - after being baptised in a traditional ceremony. The baptism took place following the famous family's recent visit to Kim's homeland Armenia, which saw them take a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the 22-month-old's special ceremony.

It was one of the highest honours for the youngster, her baptism into civilisation's most ancient religion taking place at St. James Cathedral, a 12th century church that sits within the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

The centuries-old church in the Holy Land was swarmed by fans as the famous family entered the building. But inside the iconic temple, the scenes were markedly different, as Kim held her daughter gently in her arms ahead of her induction into the faith.

The reality TV star, who is known for her love of a revealing ensemble, instead wore a full length skirt and long-sleeved blouse to keep her body covered as per the traditional etiquette of the church.

And covering her head and hair was a headscarf, a garment which must be worn by women at all times while inside the church during service. The serene star cradled her little girl, who fell asleep for a short while during the hour-long service, as rapper Kanye stood silently beside them, his head bowed.

North wore a traditional white gown for the service, and her father matched her with his white trousers and long-sleeved jumper. Male attendees at an Armenian church are not required to cover their head once inside a building, meaning the musician was able to go without a headdress.

Traditional: Kim covered her body in a full skirt and long sleeves, while wearing a scarf on her head as a mark of respect while cradling her 22-month-old during the service

An honour: North West was inducted into the Armenian Apostolic Church on April 13, the same religion as her famous mother

Family first: Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian (right) was also in attendance at the ceremony, acting as godmother to her niece

Rite of passage: Kim held her daughter in her arms as the Baptism minister read the holy scripture

Centuries-old ceremony: The family were joined by members of the Armenian church for the service


Uncovered: As a male attendee within the church, 37-year-old Kanye was not required to wear anything on his head, unlike the adult female members of his family

A big moment: At nearly two years old, little North may not have been completely aware of the incredibly important show of faith around her
Kisses: While being cuddled by Kim, North was given a kiss by her famous father

Incredible scenes: Within the 12th century church, North looked on as she received one of the holiest blessings in civilisation 

Out of her hands: Doting mum Kim, 34, then passed her only daughter to the minister, who was above them on the altar

Proud moment: Kim and Kanye looked on as their tot was taken into the arms of the Armenian church official
Family event: Khloe looked on from behind her sister and brother-in-law 
Serene: While outside the iconic holy building were scenes of chaos as fans gathered to see the famous family, inside was a different matter

Quiet time: Kanye seemed chastened by the entire ceremony, as his daughter became a member of the Armenian Apostolic Church, otherwise known as the Gregorian Church

Noble moment: North is now a member of the oldest national church in the world

All tuckered out: North will celebrate her second birthday in June, just a few weeks after joining her parents for their tour of Armenia and Jerusalem

Sleepy girl: During the hour-long service, North fell asleep for a little while

Doting auntie: While Khloe stood behind Kim and Kanye, she reached out to stroke North's arm in the midst of service

Baptism traditions: North had Holy water poured on her head, and was also given a cross, as Kim later admitted she was 'thankful' for the special event
Bilingual: The ceremony lasted an hour, and was conducted in both English and Armenian

Early morning visit: The following day, at 5am, the family visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Early morning visit: The following day, at 5am, the family visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Landmark moment: The husband and wife touched a marble slab within the historical site, which is identified as the place of both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth
Landmark moment: The husband and wife touched a marble slab within the historical site, which is identified as the place of both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth







   - Daily Mail, UK







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