Khavaroom (Betrayal) Service in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On Holy Thursday, following the evening Liturgy in all churches the service of Khavaroom is offered to symbolize the prayer of Christ in Gethsemane, betrayal, arrest, tortures, the denial and repentance of Peter and later on the crucifixion of the Lord. After reading every Gospel story, the priest one after another puts off the candles symbolizing the disciples to denote how they one by one left Jesus. The only candle left burning is the central one symbolizing Jesus. 

Easter Candlelight Divine Liturgy in the Mother Cathedral of Yerevan

Easter Candlelight Divine Liturgy was presided by Bishop Anushavan Zhamkochyan in St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Yerevan. A number of believers from different countries of the region – Georgia, Iran, Spain, visited Armenia to celebrate the Feast of Holy Resurrection in its homeland. The Divine Liturgy was attended by a great number of Syrian Armenians.

The School of Art of Kanachyan in Yerevan made special preparations for the Feast of Holy Resurrection

The concert nights of spiritual music are now a tradition in this school. Komitas and Yekmalyan, sharakans, spiritual songs, excerpts from the Divine Liturgy were performed by the school students and teachers. The event featured also invited singers. 

Tavush Marz to implement Armenian­Danish project “Light to Children”

Since 2012, Danish­Armenian Mission NGO was implementing this project in Aragatsotn
Marz. It will from now on help to support the children of Tavush Marz too.

What is the Great Lent for Christians?

Over the period of the Great Lent, the Divine Liturgy in all Armenian Apostolic Churches is followed by the ceremony of meditation. Our crew talked to the believers over this topic. 

On the occasion of the Army Day, a Divine Liturgy was offered in the Mother Cathedral followed by award ceremony

On the occasion of the Armenian Army, the Catholicos of All Armenians today had a meeting with Seyran Ohanyan, the Defense Minister of the Republic of Armenia, high-ranking officers of the Armenian Army and the chaplaincy of the Army. A Divine Liturgy was served in the Mother Cathedral. Military servants, priests offering spiritual services in the Army were bestowed with awards from the Armenian Patriarch. 

Pontifical Liturgy at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin dedicated to Holy Nativity

The introduction of the sermon delivered by the Catholicos of All Armenians on the Feast of Holy Nativity was from the Gospel of Luke: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, 
good will toward men!” The thoughts of believers present in the Pontifical Liturgy were directed to the conflict areas of the world. The loss of peace is a danger that threatens the humanity everywhere. 
Full text of the message of Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II is presented below. 


Voices of New Year

Every New Year, a group of young people living in Yerevan gather together, learn New Year songs and sing them in the streets bringing joy and smiles to the guests and the residents of the capital.

Chapel built in the National Center for AIDS Prevention

On the World AIDS Day, Father Grigor Grigoryan offered a blessing ceremony of the newly-opened chapel in the National Center for AIDS Prevention.

First distance learning course on spiritual topics was launched in Armenia

Sunday sermons of St. Sarkis Church in Yerevan will hereinafter be available not only in any Marz of Armenia, but in Artsakh too. Ararat Diocese launches a new distance learning courses. “Study of Gospels”: first distance learning course already has numerous applicants. Their number is growing. 

Poet Farmer

Grandfather Tovmas is a knowledgeable and hard-workinng agronom. His day starts and finishes with work; he either struggles with the soil, or starts something, or gives a hand to his co-villagers. He feels offended when his sons and grandchildren urge him to have a rest. He moved to Armenia from Iran while still a child, overcame various difficulties and considers his village the only place worth living.

I am Still 86

Hankavan, once a prosperous Greek village, now has 15 households, of which only three belong to the Greek. There are mainly Armenians there, refugees. In summer, usually the village is hosting numerous tourists. While in winter, when the roads to external world, are closed, only a few households are left in the parish. Grandma Argenik is one of those in the custody of the parish; she gathers wood all year round with her back bent, cultivates her small garden and medicinal herbs. The 86 year old granny knows how to also assist her fellow villagers...