“Karg Apashkharoghats” (service designed for those fasting) in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

In the Armenian Apostolic Church, Holy Thursday is the day when most of the Church ceremonies are celebrated. Early morning, a Service for those spending the entire period of Great Lent in repentance, is offered, where they are granted a release to approach the Holy Communion after the 40-day lent. 

Holy Easter Night in Narekatsi Art Union

On April 1, Narekatsi Art Union brought the fans of Armenian spiritual and folk music together under its roof. The concert dedicated to the Feast of Holy Resurrection showcased Narekatsi Orchestra, Narekatsi Choir and traditional song and dance ensemble “Vostan”. 

Catholicos of All Armenians received the newly appointed Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Levon Mkrtchyan

On March 13, Catholicos of All Armenians received the newly appointed Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Levon Mkrtchyan.

Palm Sunday festivities in Holy Etchmiadzin

Palm Sunday symbolizes victorious entrance of Christ to Jerusalem. That day, by the presidency of Catholicos of All Armenians was also proclaimed as children’s blessing day. The Divine Liturgy was preceded by a Andastan ceremony and blessing of children in the backyard of the Mother Cathedral under the presidency of the Supreme Patriarch. 

Day of the Remembrance of the Dead at the Mother See

Like all other major feasts, the following day of the Feast of Holy Resurrection, all Christians visit church to attend the Divine Liturgy, to pray for peace of their deceased relatives' souls. The celebrant in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was Rev. Fr. Tadeus Zirekyants. 

Supreme Patriarch visited the Military Hospital of Yerevan

Today Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians went to Muratsan Central Military Hospital, accompanied by the clergy and the Minister of Health of Armenia Armen Muradyan, visit the wounded soldiers. 

Sunday of the Prodigal Son – Third Sunday of the Great Lent

Third Sunday of the Great Lent gal is the remembrance day of the Prodigal Son. 

Sergey Sarkisov awarded the Order of St. Gregory the Illuminator

On February 21, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians granted the Order of St. Gregory the Illuminator of the Armenian Apostolic Church to national philanthropist Sergey Sarkisov in appreciation of his philanthropic endeavors and service to the Armenian people and Armenian Church. The Catholicos emphasized the unprecedented role of St. Gevork Cathedral of Tbilisi in the life of Armenian Diocese of Georgia, which reconstruction owes much to the investment of Sarkisov. 

On February 19 is the birthday of Hovhannes Tumanyan

According to the established tradition, every year this day the Tumanyan Museum celebrated the birthday of the great poet in a new project or a special exhibition. This year too, an interesting exposure awaits the visitors. 

Award winners of the Writers’ Union of 2015

On February 24, the annual award ceremony of the Writers’ Union of Armenia took place. The authors with most active creative activities evolved in 2015 received prizes bearing the names of their predecessors. 

Exhibition dedicated to Commander Andranik in the National Gallery

National Gallery of Armenia is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Andranik Ozanian. The initiative came to life through joint partnership between Yerevan City Hall, Ararat Patriarchal Diocese of the Armenian Church and various cultural institutions. 

Blessing of newlyweds in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Under the presidency of Karekin II Patriarch, the Feast of Tearnyndaraj is proclaimed as the day of blessing the newlyweds. According to the tradition, every year, this day, His Holiness passes his blessing from the Mother Cathedral to the newly married deacons and their wives.