March 2021

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The feast day dedicated to St. Grigor Narekatsi, the Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Church was held on February 27 in Vatican.  
 
From February 23 to 26, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; a Supreme Spiritual Council meeting was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. During the four-day meeting, issues related to the painful problems of the post-war...
 
On March 1, Rev. Fr. Kyuregh Talyan, Spiritual Pastor of Jrvezh community entered his eternal rest in a tragic automobile accident on the Yerevan-Sevan highway in the territory of Charentsavan  
 
Students of the "YSU Supports the Families of the Victims" visited the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, to receieve the blessings from the Pontiff of All Armenians for their manual.    
 
Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Movses Sargsyan, Head Chaplain of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, blessed the "Ashot Yerkat" cross-badges attached to the military uniforms in the Holy Mother of God Church in Kanaker.  
 
It's the Thirteenth Day of the Great Lent. Very Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Zakaria Baghumyan delivered a sermon on the Gospel parable of the return of the Prodigal Son in the St. Anna Church in Yerevan.     
 
The rules of the Great Lent period in the Armenian Church.    
 
 
 
Very Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Zakaria Baghumyan and Deacon David Sahakyan met with the teachers of the History of the Armenian Church in the public schools of Echmiadzin, Armavir region in a seminar-lecture format.    
 
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin has prepared a booklet of "Prayer Book of Remembrance" for the families of the victims of the Artsakh war.
 
Samples transferred from Gandzasar during the 2020 war are displayed in the new exhibition of the Matenadaran.  The collection presents the manuscript heritage of Artsakh.
 
The Catholicos of All Armenians participated in the "Christian Historical-Cultural Heritage of the People of the Armenian Highlands and Adjacent Territories" online conference. In his opening remarks, His Holiness stated that the Armenian monuments in Artsakh are now in great danger in the occupied...
 
The last consecration service of Rev. Fr. Kyuregh Talyan, who died in a car accident on March 1 was offered in the St. Katoghike Church of Jrvezh.     
 
Diploma holders of the Olympiad on Armenian Church History during the 2019-2020 academic year were hosted in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin from Yerevan, RA regions and Artsakh.
 
New problems have arisen during the renovation of the Notre Dame. One of the lost paintings of Titian was found in one of the English churches. The largest Orthodox cross in South America has been erected in Argentina. The number of Christian deputies in the Palestinian parliament will...
 
The fourth Sunday of Great Lent is known for the parable of the unrighteous steward told by Jesus Christ in Chapter 16 of the Gospel of Luke.
 
On March 3, the presentation-sale of three books published by the History Museum of Armenia took place: Ruben Vardanyan's 5th volume of the series "Silloge: Armenia of Armenian Coins", Arsen Bobokhyan's study "Atrpet's" Scientific Adventures "- the Discovery of Dragon Stone Monuments" and Lilia...
 
The "Mer Hooys" Nakashian Children's Home has been operating for ten years, under the auspices of the Mother See and through the support of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, the "Our Hope" Armenian charitable organization in the United States. The center is designed for...
 
 
 
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"We pray that the Lord will grant the comfort of the Holy Spirit to our mothers and sisters who have passed through the hardships of war". Message of His Holiness Karekin II on International Women's Day. 
 
The three-day "Social-Psychological Support and Counseling" course organized by the Round Table Foundation of the World Council of Churches has concluded.  In the “Karekin I” Educational Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, clergymen participating the Accelerated Priest Course were...
 
The 3th Saturday of Great Lent is the commemoration day of the St. John (Hovhannes) of Otzoon, St John (Hovhan) of Vorotan and St. Gregory of Datev who are the one of the greatest fathers of Armenian Church. 
 
The "Art of Flowering" studio operates in the Mashtots Matenadaran for children aged 7 and over. More than 60 children attended miniature classes in four years.    
 
 
 
 
The publishing house of the Mother See has published a study by Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Tovma Khachatryan, dedicated to the history of the architecture of the Mother Cathedral, entitled "Holy Etchmiadzin, the first Christian domed church."    
 
It was the second month of Aram Muradyan's military service when the Second Artsakh War began. On the occasion of the birthday of their friend who was martyred for the homeland, Aram's classmates gathered in their classroom of the school.    
 
Under the presidency of  Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Movses Sargsyan, Head Chaplain of the Republic of Armenia Armed Forces Ministry, the quarterly reporting meeting of spiritual servants was held in the administrative complex of the RA Ministry of Defense. The tasks for the coming...
 
The message of the day teaches us the parable of the widow and the Judge which exhorts us to continually pray.     
 
The "New Mag" Publishing House and the "Cafesjian" Center have donated some of their new publications to the Matenadaran of the Mother See.      
 
 
 
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The Sunday liturgy in St. Anna Church in Yerevan was crowded. The celebrant was Rev. Fr. Varazdat Najaryan. It's the 5th Sunday of the Great Lent, the Sunday of the Judge. The sacrament of the day is based on the parable of the Sunday of the Judge and the widow.    
 
The memory of the martyrs of Vardanants was celebrated in Jerusalem, the beginning of the Great Lent was announced. Due to the easing of quarantine restrictions in the Armenian Diocese of Georgia, the Batumi community has organized the annual gata festival. Food and medical supplies for 60 Lebanese...
 
The City of Smiles Foundation was established in 2014 by a group of oncologists and hematologists to support children and young people with cancer and blood diseases. The foundation is an independent organization funded by donors and similar foreign organizations. On March 4, by the decision of the...
 
With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; new appointments of clergy have been made. Rev. Fr. Mkhitar Grigoryan will be the abbot of Dadivank for the time and will serve in the Diocese of Artsakh. Father Nerses Harutyunyan was appointed the...
 
The only specialized center for the health and development of children with Down syndrome "Arev-Children" was opened about 2 years ago. The center offers health, social-psychological, educational, legal services. This is the gift of the Patriarch of All Armenians to the Arev-children....
 
 
His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, Head Chaplain of the Armed Forces offered a requiem service in the Holy Mother of God Church in Kanaker for the soldiers who fell in the Artsakh war.   Attending the service were the Peacekeeping forces Brigade of the RA Armed Forces; peacekeepers'...
 
 
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has stated that the church has no authority to bless same-sex marriage. Prohibiting the blessing of such a relationship is not a sign of injustice or discrimination.
 
A social-educational center will be opened in the Noyemberyan community of the Diocese of Tavish with the grant support of the RA ESCS. The signing of the memorandum was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Armenia Jun Yamada and the Primate of...
 
The "Support to the Citizens of the Artsakh Republic" program is implemented by the Armenian "Round Table" Foundation of the World Council of Churches, through the sponsorshop of the "Act Alliance" organization. Assistance has been distributed to those who have found refuge in the regions of...
 
The US National Council of Christian Churches has called on the US authorities to provide humanitarian assistance to Armenia and to deal with the issue of the release of the Armenian captives.
 
His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, received the participants of the round table discussion dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Moscow Treaty, a number of leading specialists and scientists of Armenia and Russia. His Holiness stressed the importance of discovering and...
 
The RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement on Azerbaijan's ongoing violations of international humanitarian and human rights and the destruction of Armenian cultural monuments in the occupied territories of Artsakh. Reference was made to the vandalism of the "Green Hour" in Shushi...
 
On March 21, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the Sunday of Advent, through which will end the "Golden Chain" of the Great Lent.  Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. 
 
 
 
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Rev. Fr. Mkhitar Haroyan and Rev. Fr. Khachatur Hayrapetyan, are the priests who were ordained on September 13, 1945 in the Diocese of Arstakh and spent their 40-day seclusion period of fasting in the Gandzasar Monastery during the war. On March 22, they were at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin...
 
On March 20, the meeting of the Catholicos of All Armenians Karelin II and the President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sargsyan was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
 
Two-week training course for clergy serving in the RA Chaplaincy launched at the Vazgen Sargsyan Military University. 
 
On the occasion of the feast, the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator were taken from the Mother See to Khor Virap. The feast commemorates the severe sufferings of Gregory the Illuminator in Khor Virap.
 
A Divine Liturgy was offered in the St. Gayane Church on the occasion of the Sunday of Advent, the 6th Sunday of Advent. The "golden chain" of the Great Lent is concluding.   
 
 
The "Shushanavank of Bagaravan" is the first work about the half-ruined church on the border of Armenia-almost inaccessible to visit. It is published on the initiative of the "Moscow House" Center in Yerevan.
 
On March 23, the Christian Education Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin held a regular seminar-lecture for the teachers of the subject of History of the Armenian Church at the Smbat Byurat public school in Yerevan.
 
It is the period of Great Lent in the Armenian Church. The Sunrise Service Liturgy was presided over by the Catholicos of All Armenians; in the St. John the Baptist and St. Vardan Chapel-baptistery of the Mother See. Attending the service was the Brotherhood of the Mother See. 
 
The Gevorkian Theological Seminary has launched a series of one-week lectures along with the St. Nerses Seminary of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.  The lecturers of the St. Nerses Seminary and the Gevorkian Theological Seminary held joint lectures on the...
 
By the order of the President of the Republic of Artsakh, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil, His Grace Bishop Narek Berberyan and Chairman of the Diocese Council, philanthropist Andre Kisajekyan were awarded with the "Vachagan Barepasht" Medal. "Artsakh remembers and is grateful...
 
The Karakert Diocesan Center has been providing assistance to those displaced from Artsakh for half a year now. The main sponsor is the Armenian "Round Table" Foundation of the World Council of Churches.    
 
On March 28, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the Palm Sunday, which commemorates the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.      
 
On the birthday of Spiritual Servant Narek Petrosyan, who died in the Second Artsakh War, his spiritual brothers and comrades-in-arms organized commemoration ceremonies.    
 
On March 25, the short journalistic investigation of the BBC journalist Jonah Fischer was spread about the Armenian church that was completely destroyed in the occupied territory of Artsakh after the war. The RA General Prosecutor's Office informed that the facts of destroying the Holy Mother of...
 
The "Izmirlian" MC hosted the representatives of a network of 39 operating hospitals of the French University Hospital system, and Dr. Florence Weber, Director of Department of International Relations of Public Assistance. This is a good opportunity for Armenian doctors to communicate...
 
 
Following the Palm Sunday festive Liturgy, the churches remain being crowded, during the Evening Service the faithful attend another mysterious service called Opening of the Doors (Drnbatsek) service.
 
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has proclaimed this day as Blessing of the Children. Following the conclusion of the celebration of Divine Liturgy, a special Blessing of the Children service is offered in every church. Our film crew was at the...
 
From early morning the yard of St. Anna and Holy Mother of Gog Katoghike churches in Yerevan was crowded. The faithful placed willow branches near the altar so that they could return home with blessed branches.    
 
St. John the Baptist Church in Artashat- the church of the newly proclaimed diocese of Masyatsotn. The Primate of the Diocese, His Grace Bishop Gevorg Saroyan, was also here. People gathered to take part in the Andastan service, the Palm Sunday liturgy and the Blessing of the children. ...
 
The Patriarch of All Armenians was welcomed in the yard of St. Gayane Monastery. The feast day begins with the service of blessing the four corners of the world (Andastan). His Holiness first blesses the four corners of the world, asking the Lord for fertility and peace, then blesses the...
 
Ever since the day before the Palm Sunday, the members of the women's union started preparing for the feast near the Youth Center and the churchyard of the Holy Mother of God Zoravor Church in Yerevan.     
 
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At the AGBU, the French-Armenian doctors of "Santé Arménie" organization met with local Armenian doctors to summarize the initiative of providing systematic medical assistance to Armenia and Artsakh, launched during the days of the second Artsakh war.    
 
Great Monday of the Great Lent, evening service, St. Sargis Church of Yerevan. The Gospel parable of the fig tree is commemorated.     
 
Pupils of 9th-11th grades came to the Armenian spiritual capital from almost all regions of Armenia. The Armenian Church History Olympiad was held at the "Eornekian" Public School of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.     
 
The three-year term of the Ambassador of Japan has completed its diplomatic mission in Armenia. On March 28, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness received Mr. Jun Yamada, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Armenia.    
 
On the Feast of Palm Sunday, the members of the community of the Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, led by the Spiritual Pastor Rev. Fr. Hakob Khachatryan, walked with willow branches to the "Yerablur" pantheon, near the graves of the armed Armenians.    
 
From Great Monday to the Feast of the Miraculous Resurrection, we commemorate the events of the last days of Christ's earthly life.    
 
On Great Tuesday of the Great Lent, the parable of the ten evangelical virgins is commemorated during the Evening service in all Armenian churches.   
 
In the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Patriarch of All Armenians blessed and conveyed words of support to the wife of Deacon Narek Petrosyan, Mariam Bznuni. A few days ago, by the order of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Deacon Narek Petrosyan, assistant of the RA Army Chaplaincy,...