The news coverage “Ecclesiastical Life” features Armenian Apostolic Churchactivities in the spheres of education, cultur, public, health and others. It also addresses Church Feasts, tells about public structures, youth movements, activities of District Youth Centers functioning adjacent to Dioceses. It also presents the ministry in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the life of an Armenian believer in congregation both in Armenia, as well as in foreign Dioceses.
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Ecclesiastical life 25.06.2018


On June 23, the Catholicos of All Armenians received the pilgrims from the Western Diocese of Armenia in the USA. They were from Santa Clarita city of California. 
The final concert of Malatia Armenia Church District Youth Center hosted Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.  The theatrical and all other music groups of the Center had a performance. 
On June 23, our Church celebrated the Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht.  The first celebrant of the Divine Liturgy in St. Trdat and St. Ashkhen chapels of St. Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral, where up till now no Divine Liturgy was offered, was Father Arnak Harutyunyan.
On June 24, the fifth Sunday following the Pentecost is declared as Feast of the Discovery of St. Mary’s Box. The relic of the Saviour's cross was brought to the Monastery for the second time this day.
On June 24, Ruben Sevak Museum of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin hosted a lecture on “Romanticism and Ayvazovski”. The presented was art critic Gayane Hovhannisyan. 
By the blessing of  the Primate of Gugark Diocese Archbishop Sebou Chouldjian, in   St. Astvatsatsin Church of Odzun,  the second regional festival “Spiritual Songs” was launched. On the first day, the Choirs “Nare” from Yerevan and Vanadzor’s Komitas Art School performed.  
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 22.06.2018


On June 21, the Feast of Sts. Sahak Partev and  Mesrop Mashtots was held in Oshakan. 
On June 22, the Supreme Patriarch received pilgrims in Karekin I" Educational Center. They were the representatives of St.  Gevorg Church community in Masis city and the children of FAR “Child Support Center”. 
By the presidency of Catholicos of All Armenians, on June 21 Father Koryun Arakelyan was defrocked and released from  his duties as the priest of St. Gayane Monastery, The Grand Sacristan will ensure Father Koryun’s residence in the Cathedral. The Disciplinary Commission of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin has been assigned to examine the issues related to Father Koryun Arakelyan. By the presidency of His Holiness, Rev. Fr. Matteos Poghosyan was appointed as the priest of St. Gayane  Monastery.
Nearly 102 children, aged 2-18, live and study at "Tchunyan Home" educational orphanage in Gyumri, functioning under the auspices of the Mother See. Recently, the residents of this house were hosted by Bishop Vartan Navasardyan. 
News From the Armenian Dioceses - On June 17, the relic of  the patriarch Hakob Mtsbna was taken to Canada. 
On June 21, the Holy Translators' Day was celebrated at the Armenian Diocese of Georgia.  
From the end of May to mid-July starts the period of final events to be held at the Armenian Church District Youth Centers of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Bishop Vardan Navasardyan, Director of the Christian Education Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was hosted at the final concert of Armenian Church District Youth Center in Gyumri.
International news: An international conference of researchers studying the spiritual culture was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The three spiritual leaders of Jerusalem delivered a letter to the Prime Minister of Israel on the debated draft law. The draft law refers to the potential confiscation of church property.
Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Vatican celebrated his 80th anniversary this month. This jubilee reduced the number of conclave participants in the event of selecting new Pope reaching 114. 
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 25.05.2018


On May 25, the 27th joint meeting of the Board of Trustees of Hayastan All Armenian Fund and its local bodies was held, which was conducted by the President of Armenia, the President of the Board of Trustees Armen Sargsyan. The meeting was attended by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the President of Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan and other officials.
On May 24, the Catholicos of All Armenians and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia had a meeting. Nikol Pashinyan expressed his gratitude to Karekin II mentioning that the message of His Holiness on peace and tolerance helped to ensure peaceful solution of the recent internal political tensions.
On May 24, a meeting of priests was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Approximately 200 priests arrived in Etchmiadzin with their Diocesan Primates. Before the commencement of the meeting, the priests headed by the Armenian Patriarch attended a Divine Liturgy in the Mother Cathedral followed by a Repose of Souls for Gevork V Surenyats Catholicos at his grave.
The Annual Assembly of the Armenian Diocese of Canada was held on May 18-20, 2018 with the delegates from parishes across Canada. Parish delegates also celebrated 50th anniversary of the host - St. Vartan Armenian Church parish. On this historic occasion, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed May the 20th of 2018 the Armenian Heritage Day. Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, extended greetings to the Assembly participants and expressed wishes of success.
Recently, another apartment was purchased in Vanadzor within the scope of the program “Extend Your Hand to Your Brother” with the support of “Homeland Union” Charity Foundation, USA. The family of Ara Shekoyan became the owner of the 21st flat.
On May 25 the last bell tolled in the schools of Armenia and Artsakh. For the graduates of Arabkir community schools N 82 and 128, the day was commenced from the backyard of the newly-constructed Church. They came to receive blessing, pray for the achievement of their goals and dreams before their last lesson.
The academic year is finalized across all Armenian Church Youth Center. All the Centers hold open classes, concerts and exhibitions. The students of the Folk Ensemble “Haykazunk” of Nork Armenian Church Youth Center are excited about their final end-year concert.
The Ministry of Culture signed a memorandum on the joint activities of the state and private structures to strengthen, rehabilitate and improve the territory of the Church of Srbots Arakelots at Karenis village of Kotayk marz. The document was signed by the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia Arev Samuelyan and Armen Baghdasaryan, Head of Karenis Community of Kotayk Marz.
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 21.05.2018


The coming of the Holy Spirit - Pentecost is the commemoration  of the descending of the Spirit on the disciples, which took place on the 50th day of the Resurrection. This year, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the feast on May 20.
Within the scope of Museum Night, apart from permanent screening and materials on May heroic battle taking place in Ruben Sevak Museum of the Mother See, the painting of Mikayel Harutyunyan “End of Golgotha, Victory” was displayed, which is based on the topic of the role that Catholicos Gevork V Surenyants played in Sardarapat heroic battle. 
Within the scope of Museum Night, the Choir “Etchmiadzin” of Gevorkian Seminary performed in the National Gallery. 
On May 19 the Armenian Church District Youth Center of Malatya initiated an event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the First Republic of Armenia and May heroic battles. 
The Publishing House of the Mother See published “The Annals” of Very Rev. Fr. Vahan Bastamyants by Gevorg Ter-Vardanyan. The memoirs of Vardapet tell about Etchmiadzin of  1872-1880. 
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 18.06.2018


On June 15, Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians visited Izmirlian Medical Center functioning in the auspices of the Mother See. On that day, 15 participants of the Artsakh freedom fight and the four-day April war were examined by the traumatologists of the Indian branch office of the leading German "Ottobok" clinic, with a perspective of prosthetics in the future. 
On June 17, the pilgrim families arriving from the Western and Eastern Armenian Dioceses of the United States visited the Pontiff. His Holiness underlined the importance of the fact that parents bring their children to their Homeland to establish direct connection with their Armenian identity. 
On June 17, after the Divine Liturgy, the members of the initiative demanding the resignation of Catholicos had a meeting with the Primate of Shirak Diocese Bishop Mikayel Ajapahyan expecting from him to pass their demands to Karekin II. During the heated meeting lasting 1 hours 12 minutes, Father Mikayel answered the questions of the initiative members and addressed their rebukes qualifying most of them as ungrounded. The Bishop once again called the clergyman and other members of the initiative for soberness and qualified their activities as sectarian.
Recently, the Museum of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin has been replenished with three cloaks having historical and cultural significance. They were donated to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin by Thaddeus and Bartholomew Church in Marseilles. The cloaks are relics saved from the monasteries found near the town of Caesarea in Cappadocia, which the refugees took with them.
The students of Armenian Youth District Center of Etchmiadzin finalized the academic year with a concert program at Makar Yekmalyan Music School. The students of the Armenian Youth District Center presented a multi-genre program with the students of music school.
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 18.05.2018


On May 22, within the scope of festivities dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the First Armenian Republic and May Heroic Battles,  in Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Library of Etchmiadzin a thematic exhibition “From Independence to Independence” will be opened. The same day, a conference titled “The Republic of Armenia and the Role of the Armenian Church in the Establishment of the Armenian Statehood” will be held jointly with the Ministry of Diaspora.  
Pan-Armenian Armenian Educational Cultural Union donated 27 valuable manuscripts of XIV to XX centuries to Matenadaran. 
On May 17, by the initiative of Oriental Studies Institute of the NAS, the  third republican conference “Armenia and Eastern Christian Civilization” was launched. This year it was devoted to the 70th anniversary of blessed memory historian, professor Pavel Chobanyan. The authors of nearly 40 speeches to be presented at the conference are scientists from academic and higher educational institutions of Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Greece. 
Annual festival of dolma was held in Georgia. This is one of the most popular  events held by the support of the Georgian Armenian Diocese and “Hayartun” Center. 
International news: Pakistani Parliament made a decision to recognize third gender of humans. An exhibition dedicated to the Himalayan buddhist art is held in the United States.   The Christians of Britain will be allowed to wear crosses at the workplace. 
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 16.07.2018


Two days ago, a group of people blocked the road of the All Armenian Catholicos in Vayots Dzor Marz during his pilgrimage to Gndevank. The pontiff left for pilgrimage alone, without any company. The law enforcement officers stopped the blockade and the Pontiff arrived at the Mother See in the evening where he was welcomed by the clergy and worried believers watching the events. Arman Tatoyan, Human Rights Defender, has arrived in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to meet the Pontiff. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also touched upon the situation around the Armenian Apostolic Church when answering the questions on-line. He said he was aware of the situation in Vayots Dzor and was not happy with the police actions. These days, the police has not yet reported on this cases, explain their passivity, or take further steps.
On July 15, Catholicos of All Armenians received the pilgrims from Egypt and the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church in the USA. Egyptian Armenian children visit Armenia for three years now and spend two weeks at Tumo Camp. They have managed to walk around many sacred places and have decided to continue their education in Armenia. His Holiness urged the young pilgrims to do everything possible to represent the small Armenian community in Egypt with dignity. Later, His Holiness received the pilgrims from the Western Diocese of the United States headed by Father Harutiun Tashchyan.
On July 10-17, the Summer Ecumenical Camp of Kotayk Diocese hosted 40 girls aged 13-16 from various churches of Armenia.  The seven-day camp program was summed up with a Biblical Knowledge Contest. The children were visited by Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan, General Secretary of the Armenian Bible Society and clergymen who participated in the training of priests.
This year the slogan of the camp was "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself". 
On July 16, a memorial service will be held at Holy Anna Church in Yerevan for Father Dajad Davidian. He was in the reanimation department of one of Yerevan hospitals, then moved to the United States, where he died. The funeral will take place in the United States, and the body will be buried next to his blessed memory wife. 
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 13.07.2018


On July 12, Catholicos of All Armenians received two  groups of pilgrims. The first group were young people arriving from Brazil. The second group were from the newly established community in Arabkir Yerevan - members of their women’s union, the Sunday School children, and Youth Union.  
It’s been six years since the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is in renovation.  In fact, it needs capital renovation since it is seismically endangered, and the southern dome is under the threat of destruction. During these years the working drawings of renovation and partial reinforcement have made up volumes. At what stage is the renovation currently?
The prize “Let there be Lights” of Golden Apricot Film Festival was bestowed to the famous film producer and critic Armen Medvedev. The ceremony was held in Parajanov Museum.  The prize was handed by Bishop Gevorg Saroyan and the Founding President of the Film Festival Harutyun Khachatryan on behalf of Catholicos of All Armenians.  The prize has been established by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. It has already been bestowed to Alexander Sokurov, Artavazd Peleshyan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Gedikian, Roman Balayan. 
 

Ecclesiastical life 15.06.2018


On June 14, the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who was in Moscow on a two-day official visit, visited the Armenian church complex in Moscow with his wife. Accompanied by Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan - the Primate of Russia and Nor Nakhichevan, the Prime Minister visited the Holy Transfiguration Church, visited Tapan Museum nearby the complex, and the newly constructed Grigor Narekatsi School.
On June 14, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Karekin II Patriarch received Most Reverend Antonios El Soury, Metropolitan of Zahle and Baalbek of the Orthodox Church of Antioch and philanthropist Nicola Abu Faisal.  Fourth playground was opened in the borderland Aygepar with the funds of the “Guardian” Fund. The Armenian community of the Netherlands has been assisting this renovation. Primate of the Tavush diocese, Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, welcomed the guests from the Netherlands, including well-known specialist of international law, Anton Van Kamtauta.
6th exhibition of "Creating Hands” exhibition project opened in the lobby of Gevorkyan Theological Seminary. This time the students of the Academy of Fine Arts Victoria Shahbazyan and Mary Epremyan presented their works. The 20th anniversary of the consecration of Berdzor Holy Ascension Church was celebrated in Kashatagh. 
News - Celebrations at the Gatigyugh district of Constantinople were dedicated to the Feast of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin. 
On June 3, Bishop Marcos Hovhannisyan, the leader of the Armenian Diocese of Ukraine, anointed the bells of the Church of the Holy Virgin of Belgorod-Dnestrovsk. 
On June 10, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Nourhan, consecrated the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator  in New Jerusalem.  
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 11.05.2018


On May 10, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the glorious Feast of Ascension.   The same day our Church is also celebrating the Patriarchal See from Sis to Etchmiadzin.
The Feast of Ascension in the newly constructed Arabkir Church. 
The fresco of the dome of Gevorkian Theological Seminary library will undergo partial renovation. The fresco features Armenian rural landscape, in the center is Komitas Vardapet resting on a road-side stone.
On May 11, Gevorkian Theological Seminary held a conference dedicated to the centenary of Archbishop Maghakia Ormanyan.   
International news: During the reconstruction works in the center of Moscow, a fragment of a container for storing relics of XV-XVI centuries was unearthed.  A medieval underground church has been discovered in the Northern Syria. The Sikhs wearing their national garments organized a march in New York. Anglican Church is making attempts to settle the scandalous story of Lancashire. The Order of Malta has a new Grand Master - Italian aristocrat, art expert and archaeologist Giacomo Dalla Torre. 
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 11.06.2018


On June 9, on the previous day of the ceremony of presentation, an ordination of 12 deacons was held in Srbots Hreshtakats (Holy Angels) Church of the Mother See.  
On June 10, by the presidency of the Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, in St.   Grigor Lusavoruch Cathedral of Yerevan, ordination of 12 deacons took place. 
The completion of the ordination ceremony of the 12 deacons, the atmosphere was quite tense in St.  Grigor Lusavorich Churchyard. A group of demonstrators of the initiative “New Armenia, New Patriarch”, led by Father Koryun and Karen Petrosyan, called for the resignation of the pontiff.
 In response, the crowds gathered in the yard of the church accompanied the Catholicos Karekin II by a pontifical prayer and "Vehapar" slogans. 
The Estonian translation of the “Book of Lamentations” of St. Gregory of Narek was published in Estonia.
 It was translated by Estonian famous composer Peeter Volkonski
An exhibition titled "Armenia" will be opened at New York's Metropolitan Museum on September 21. More than 130 exhibits will tell a about the Armenian historical and cultural heritage of the 4th to 17th centuries, which will be provided by the Mashtots Matenadaran, the Armenian History Museum and the Museum of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. 
The Publishing House of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin published the second volume of the series "Book of Sermons: “Heritage of Ararat” It is a collection of translated sermons published in the official  periodical “Ararat” of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
 

 

Ecclesiastical life 08.07.2018


July 8 was the last day of the gathering “Towards Homeland, Towards Holy Etchmiadzin”. It coincided with the Feast of Transfiguration. The festive Liturgy was offered in Yerevan St. Gregory the Illuminator Church by His Holiness Hovnan. The Liturgy was attended by the Supreme Patriarch along with the priests of the Mother See. He sprinkled rose-water on the believers and blessed them. On the last day of the gathering the young people visited Tsitsernakaberd to commemorate the victims of Genocide.
On July 7, ACYO continued its gathering in Tsakhkadzor. 400 members of the gathering reached to Kecharis Monastic Complex singing with the clergy.  They had a meeting with the President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan in the evening. The Director of ACYO Headquarters Gevorg Mkrtchyan informed his friends that by the presidency of Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians the Catholicosate Residence adjacent to St. Anna Church was allocated to ACYO.
Five years ago, a joyful tradition of celebrating the eve of Vardavar was established in Ararat Patriarchal Diocese. The members of Ararat Patriarchal Diocese Youth Union organize a march with the support of Yerevan City Hall to the Children’s Park with songs and dances. The celebration was joined by pedestrians, tourists, people resting in the Children’s Park. 
Today is celebrated third major feast of the five feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church - the Feast of Transfiguration or Vardavar. Our Church celebrates it 98 days following the Feast of Holy Resurrection, between the period of June 28 to August 1. The festive liturgy was offered by Rev. Father Minas Hakhverdyan of the Mother See. 
The pilgrimage day of Hovhanavank is also celebrated on the Feast of Transfiguration. The tradition was commenced by Karekin II. It is celebrated since 2013, when the silver reliquary containing the relics of St. John the Baptist was for the first time taken out of the Mother See and taken to Hovhanavank. As per the tradition, the Patriarch Grigor Lusavorich established the Monastery on the relics of John the Baptist. Many believers came to participate in the festive liturgy and receive the blessing of the relic of John the Baptist.