February 2021

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In the Armenian Diocese of Georgia, despite the epidemic restrictions, the feast was celebrated with Holy Liturgies, pilgrimages to chapels named after the saint and the service of blessing of the youth.
 
Under the presidemcy of the Patriarch of All Armenians, on the feast of St. Sarkis, the relic of the saint was taken out of the Mother See and taken to the churches of the Masyatsotn Diocese named after the saint.
 
Under the auspices of the Armenian Church in a secular school is operating according to the state educational standards of the Russian Federation.  Teaching Armenian is mandatory, both Armenian and foreign students study Armenian literature. 
 
This year the commemoration ceremonies of Saint Sarkis had a special significance. St. Sarkis is also known as the patron saint of liberators. On January 30, people prayed to the saint for intercession, especially for the release of captives and hostages.
 
 
 
 
The feast of the Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Church will be celebrated every year, it is already included in the calendars of Catholic churches around the world.  Accordingly, it will be included  in the holiday calendars of Catholic churches around the world,  liturgical books...
 
The beloved church of the people of Yerevan is a continuation of the ancient monastery-desert of St. Anania. The work of lithographer Arsen Harutyunyan, entitled "Desert of Apostle St. Anania of Yerevan or Holy Mother of God Zoravor Church" is about something great to say about a small monument....
 
The pedagogues of the Ashtarak Youth Center share memories about Gurgen Avetisyan and Gor Tumanyan, who studied in their classes and are among the thousands of Armenians who gave their lives for the defense of the homeland during the Artsakh war.
 
The clergy of the Social Service Department perform a home-blessing ceremony for the families who moved from Artsakh to Armenia. The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin continues programs to support Artsakh families.
 
On the occasion of the Feast of St. Sarkis, young people distinguished by their activities in various spheres met with the Patriarch of All Armenians.  "Successes and victories are not accidental events.  They are the result of consistency and responsibility," stated the Catholicos of...
 
The "Imirlian Medical Center" and "Izmirlian" Foundation provide medical assistance to the people displaced from Artsakh.
 
The Olympiad on Armenian Church History was held at N106 "Knights of Vardanants" school in Yerevan.
 
 
 
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The fourth territorial subdivision of Yerevan meets the conscription in the yard of St. Khach Church in Nerkin Charbakh. The recruits of Erebuni, Shengavit, Nubarashen administrative districts receive blessings. This is how the first day of service begins.      
 
On February 7, the newly appointed Primate of the Artsakh Diocese, His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, celebrated his first Divine Liturgy in the Mother Cathedral of Stepanakert.  
 
On the feast of St. Sahak Partev, in the St. Sarkis Church of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese, 16 people from Artsakh, who had taken shelter in Yerevan since the days of the war, became followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church through the sacred sacrament of Baptism.    
 
The Artsakh war left unhealed wounds in the hearts of the teachers and students of the "Eornekian" school. The pain of losing Aram, Vazgen, Narek and Arthur does not weaken.
 
Children from Artsakh were at the Arabkir Youth Center to get acquainted with their future conductor and pianist. The initiative to create a choir of Artsakh children belongs to the Armenian community of Italy.
 
The Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest is celebrated as the Feast of the Clergy.
 
Rev. Fr. Khoren Kirakosyan; Rev. Fr. Paruyr Avetisyan; Rev. Fr. Vahram Melikyan; Rev. Fr. Adam Makaryan and Rev. Fr. Tirayr Glchyan from the Armenian Diocese of France were elevated to the rank of Archpriest.
 
 
This year, on February 11, the Armenian Church celebrates the Day of Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of Vardanants.
 
On February 10, the St. Vardanants Chapel of the Armavir military-educational Army unit was consecrated.
 
On the Feast Day of St. Vardan the Warrior and His companions an ordination of two priests was offered at the St. Grigor Narekatsi Mother Cathedral of Vanadzor. Two Deacons - Martun and Gevork were ordained into the Holy Order of the Priesthood.
 
On the occasion of the Feasts of St. Ghevond the Priest and Vardan the Warrior, the exhibition opened at the Union of Artists of Armenia was deducated to the Armenian soldier of all times.
 
The following batch of food and consumer goods was distributed to the people of Artsakh who found shelter in the Diocese of Gugark through the assistance of the Dioceses and the Social Service Department of the Mother See.        
 
On Sunday, February 14, following the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple is the Great Barekendan. The period of the Holy Week begins from Monday. 48 days after is the Eve of the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross of the Holy Easter. And on April 4, is the Feast of...
 
Works by soldiers who took part in the war were presented at the exhibition opened at the Gevorkian Theological Seminary. Unfortunately, some of the soldiers were not physically present.
 
The AYCO Central Office organized a meeting with Sonia Tashchyan on the eve of the Great Lent. An interesting conversation was hold about the national traditions and dishes related the Great Lent.
 
His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, the newly ordained Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh, offered a Sunday Liturgy in the Holy Mother of God Church of Stepanakert on February 7, 2021. The next day, our film crew visited the Amaras Monastery.
 
The Armenian Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Moscow on the Eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple.
 
Eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
 
Eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple in the St.  Gregory the Illuminator Mother Church in Yerevan   
 
On February 14, following the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple, a Newlyweds blessing ceremony was held in the St. Gayane Monastery. On the occasion of the feast, His Holiness Karekin II, Supeme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians;...
 
Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple in the Cathedral of the Araratian Pontificial Diocese. 
 
"Return to identity", the Museum of Folk Art presents the festive complex of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple and the Great Barekendan.      
 
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Arman Chagharyan, Arsen Beglaryan, Areg Aduryan and Pargev Sedrakyan: four students of the Arabkir Youth Center are among the boys who heroically died for the homeland during the last Artsakh war.       
 
The museum named after Ruben Sevak in the Mother See, celebrates the poet's birthday anniversary.      
 
The Primacy of the Armenian Diocese of New Nakhichevan in Russia convetys messages to the visitors about the Armenian history and culture through frescoes.        
 
By the order of the Catholicos of All Armenians, Archimandrite Movses Sargsyan has been appointed as Spiritual Primate of the RA Armed Forces.         
 
Rev. Fr. Khoren Kirakosyan; Rev. Fr. paruyr Avetisyan; Rev. Fr. Vahram Melikyan and Rev. Fr. Adam Makaryan. According to our ecclesiastical canon, a priest can be honored with the honor of high priesthood for more than 20 years of dedicated service.    
 
Great Lent has begun. The Catholicos of All Armenians has conveyed a message to the people of Armenia: 'May we use this period of the Great Lent with penitence and repentance for the purification of our souls and our lives, and walk in a God-pleasing way. With this consciousness and God's support...
 
The Publishing department of the Mother See offers the reader the collection "A Glorious Page of History".  The book dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, combines the references of the Mother See'...
 
February 15 is International Day Against Childhood Cancer. By purchasing a book from the Zangak bookstore network, you will help cover the costs of treating children and young people with cancer and blood diseases.
 
On the evening of February 15, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; had a remote meeting with clergy of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. They also discussed the post-war situation in Armenia. 
 
On February 17, first Wednesday of the Great Lent, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, the Brotherhood of the Mother See, attended the Sunrise Service and prayed that Christ will bring our souls the light of the Spirit, which is as powerful as the light of the sun.
 
 
Modern writer Khachik Manukyan was hosted at the "Eurnekian" School of the Mother See on the occasion of the Book Donation Day. On the occasion of the day, the students of the "Eornekan" school prepared presents for the wounded soldiers of the war.      
 
The day of donating a book was a Komitas day in the "Vache and Tamar Manukyan" Matenadaran of Holy Etchmiadzin.   Collection of documents entitled: "Documents on the History of the Armenian Church: Archimandrite Komitas Soghomonyan" published by the Mother See were presented.   
 
The publishing department of the Mother See of Etchmiadzin introduces the reader the work of Alexander Mann's "Introduction to the Old Testament" in Armenian translation.      
 
The first week of Great Lent is coming to an end. The second week is called Sunday of Expulsion. On Sunday, February 21, a closed liturgy will be offered in all churches.  
 
It is a period of the Great Lent. Under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, a Peace Service was offered in the St. Gayane Minastery.   
 
 
 
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The carpets of the Shushi Carpet Museum are exhibited every Tuesday through Friday at the Yerevan Museum of Architecture. The exhibition is open, admission is free, those who wish can donate for the carpet repairs.    
 
Fr. Vrtanes came to Odzun right after his military service. Prior to his ordination, about 70 years ago, the village had no clergy. For 15 years, Fr. Vrtanes Baghalyan offers Divine Liturgy in the Holy Mother of God church of Odzun
 
any of the former students of the Etchmiadzin Youth Center took part in the 2020 Artsakh War.      
 
For the reader interested in the history and culture of the Artsakh-Utik states, the Yerevan Matenadaran has published the study "Writing Centers of Utik" by senior researcher Tamara Minasyan.    
 
Miniature painter Levon Zakyan restored the "The Crucifixion of Christ" icon damaged by the bombing of the Holy Savior Ghazanchetsots Church in Shushi and then evacuated.      
 
The agenda of the meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council of Holy Etchmiadzin includes the discussion of the challenges faced by post-war Armenia and Artsakh.    
 
The preparation of the National Ecclesiastical Assembly is on the agenda.      
 
The members of the Supreme Spiritual Council discussed the activities of the educational institutions of the Mother See.
 
The Mother See urges the President, the Prime Minister, the NA President, the Government members and the leaders of all political forces of the Republic of Armenia to seek a solution to this difficult situation at the negotiating table, for the sake of the love towards our Homeland and people.
 
Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Garegin Hambardzumyan is the Director of the Department of Preaching Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Fr. Garegin studied at the Oxford University, and received a PhD in Theology.  We talked to the Fr. Garegin about the Great Lent.     ...
 
It is a period of Lent. We visited the Refectory and kitchen of spiritual and administrative center of our Church.   
 
The statement of the Supreme Spiritual Council of the Mother See on the occasion of the political developments in Armenia since February 25.
 
During the 2020 Artsakh war Suren Yesayan was serving in Artsakh.      
 
 
Today, we are commemorating the victims of the pogroms in Sumgait organized by the Azerbaijani authorities in 1988.