April 2021

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For the first time, children and young people with Down Syndrome participated in the Washing of the Feet Serbice in the Holy Mother of God Zoravor Church.
 
The procession of clergymen and children accompanies His Holiness Karekin II, Patriarch of All Armenians, to the open altar of St. Trdat for the Washing of the Feet Service. This service is offered in all Armenian Apostolic churches following the Last Supper Liturgy of Great Thursday.
 
Great Thursday is the most saturated with rituals events during the year. That day is full of memories of several events in the earthly life of Jesus Christ which are crucial for the church.     
 
The service commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was offered in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin on Holy (Good) Friday. The video is from St. Gevorg Church in Noragavit.    
 
Two-week training course for clergy serving in the RA Chaplaincy concluded at the Vazgen Sargsyan Military University.
 
Due to the epidemic, the Youth Centers acting under the auspices of the Mother See and the AGBU, have avoided crowded events on Easter this year. Applied art classes have prepared more actively.
 
In the evening of Holy Thursday, the Khavaroom (Betrayal) service was offered in all Armenian churches. The service refers to the events of Good Friday. The Brotherhood of the Mother See were praying with the Catholicos of All Armenians in the St. Gayane Monastery.     
 
Following the Morning Service at St. Gayane Monastery of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the faithful attended the service commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.    
 
In the evening of Good Friday the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church commemorates the day of commemoration of Christ's Burial.      
 
"If we do not change with the Good News of the Resurrection, greater threats will come into our lives."  Rev. Fr. Varazdat Najaryan.
 
Major General Jirayr Poghosyan, the Godfather of the Cross during the ceremony of the service of Blessings of Waters, was among the numerous faithful during the Candlelight Service in the St. Mariane Church in Ashtarak.
 
"It is one of the feasts with great sacrament, that gives us opportunity to re-evaluate our lives".  We talked to the faithful in the yard of the church of the Arabkir community of Yerevan during the Easter candlelight liturgy.  
 
Under the presidency of the Patriarch of All Armenians the Candlelight Divine Liturgy of the Holy Resurrection was offered in the St. Gayane Monastery. People returned their homes with candlelight symbolizing the divine light, and the clergy, led by the Armenian Patriarch, walked to the...
 
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On April 5, the Day of Remembrance of the Dead following the Resurrection Day, under the presidency of the Catholicos of All Armenians; a Requiem service was held at the "Yerablur" Military Pantheon.
 
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received François-Xavier Bellamy, Member of the European Parliament, accompanied by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to the Republic of Armenia, Jonathan Lacotte. The deputy lived in Armenia during...
 
His Eminence Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, Primate of the Diocese, was the Celebrant of the Easter Liturgy offered in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Moscow. Attending the festive Liturgy were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia Vardan Toghanyan with his...
 
On April 11, the New Sunday of Easter, the Holy Gospel of Shurishkan will be brought from the Manuscript Repository in Yerevan, to the Saint Gevorg Church of Mughni.
 
On April 4, the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord was celebrated in all churches of the Armenian Diocese of Georgia: Tbilisi, Rustavi, Batumi, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Marneuli, Tsalka and Tetritsgharoi regions. The churches were crowded both on the evening of the candlelight and on the day of...
 
 
In these difficult days for our people, We ask for the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the support of the Almighty God to all the children of our nation, in particular, to the mothers, sisters and daughters suffering from the losses and disasters of the new War of Artsakh. May the constant...
 
In the Armenian Diocese of Brazil, due to the epidemic, the Holy Week ceremonies and the Holy Resurrection liturgy was held without the faithful.    
 
On April 7, during the Liturgy of the Holy Annunciation, old and young mothers, women waiting for the joy of motherhood were praying in the St. Gayane Monastery. Today is the Day of Motherhood.    
 
The Mother See and the Bible Society of Armenia organizes training courses for priests and Priests' wives in Haghartsin. The theme is the relief of psychotrauma.    
 
 
Seminarians who were in Armenia for about a year due to the epidemic were at the hall of the "Naregatsi" Art Institute. The Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy of Kolkata was celebrating its 200th anniversary. Iranian, Iraqi and Myanmar students, as well as those graduates who continue to...
 
On April 7, the Feast of the Holy Annunciation, more than 100 women from different spheres were invited to the Ruben Sevak Museum for a festive evening.  
 
This year, on April 10, on the day of commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner, at the request of His Grace Bishop George Saroyan, Primate of the newly established Diocese of Masyatsotn and with the blessing of His Holiness, the relic of St. John the Forerunner will be brought from...
 
On the Feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, the cross-stone (khachkar) consecration and blessing of foundation of the church was held in Ijevan. 
 
 
 
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On the occasion of the beheading of St. John the Baptist, this year the relic of the Saint was brought from the Mother See to St. Hovhannes Church in the village of Mkhchyan, Masyatsotn Diocese.
 
33 diagrams from the early Christian churches to the 21st century built St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral. The new series by art critic, drawing artist Levon Lachikyan was displayed at the National Library.
 
The Mikaelyan family is from the village of Jrakus in Hadrut. Like many others, they lost everything due to the war, but in their new home, in the village of Tsaghkashen in the Aparan region, they found a new life and decided to mark it with baptism.
 
With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Mkrtich Proshyan, Diocesan Primate of the Aragatsotn region, on the initiative of the "Card Agrocredit" organization, tree planting was held in the yard of the St. Mesrop Mashtots Church in Oshakan.   
 
About a dozen of priests and their wifes gained new knowledge and experience on psychotrauma relief during the five-day seminar organized in the Haghartsin Monastery. From the beginning of the war until today, the clergy face serious consequences of grief. Almost everyone needs comfort and...
 
The church of Getazat village of Ararat region, bears the name of St. Davit of Dvin. On April 11, the Remembrance Day of St. Davit of Dvin a pilgrimage liturgy was offered in the church.
 
 
 
 
On April 13, the khachkar placed in the yard of St. Hakob Church in Ararat community was consecrated by the Primate of the Masyatsotn Diocese, His Grace Bishop Gevorg Saroyan. The monument commemorates the memory of Armenians who died in the Second Artsakh War.
 
The new website, equipped with modern technical solutions, will be available for those interested in the activities of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
 
Six servicemen wounded in the Artsakh war will leave for Austria to receive medical treatment and prosthetics with the support of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Before leaving, the soldiers were hosted by the Patriarch of All Armenians at the Mother See.
 
"Another manifestation of anti-Armenian sentiment was the so-called "Park of Trophies" recently opened in Baku with inhuman, humiliating scenes depicting Armenian soldiers and prisoners of war. The Azerbaijani authorities continue to pursue its policy of inciting ethnic hostility, ignoring the...
 
The Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland, His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, tells us that Azerbaijani propaganda and tourist posters were placed in 46 stations in London. In them the symbols of Artsakh, even the monasteries, were presented as Azerbaijani.  Thanks to...
 
 
 
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People's Architect of the USSR, Academician Jim Torosyan would have turned 95 years old.
 
On April 17, the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan met to discuss the issues facing the Armenians of Artsakh. During his official visit to Georgia, RA President Armen Sargsyan visited Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II. The second, extended edition of the...
 
From April the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Vazkenian Theological Academy at Lake Sevan  started accepting applications for admission to the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications will be accepted through August 20 and will be held in two phases...
 
At the Holy Mother of God Monastery in Otzoon, the faithful asked for the Saint's intercession for the strengthening of the Armenian state and the speedy return of the Armenian prisoners of war.      
 
With the support of Canadian-Armenian philanthropists Diana and Tigran Hajetyans, the medieval complex of Noravank was reconstructed in 1999. In the calendar of the Armenian Church, that day coincides with Sunday of the World Church (Green Sunday) and is traditionally considered the Pilgimage day...
 
The new edition has a double title: "History of Armenia" and "History of Armenian Conversion".    
 
 
 
 
The presentation of the Turkish translation of the historical novel "The Lonely Hawk" was organized at the "Vache and Tamar Manukyan" Matenadaran of the Mother See. The novel emphasizes Khnus' self-defense, massacre and deportation.  
 
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received the Lebanese Minister of Youth and Sports in the Mother See. Mrs. Vardine Ohanyan was accompanied by the Ambassadors of the two countries: Maya Dagher and Vahagn Atabekyan. 
 
On April 23, ground-blessing and foundation blessing service was held in the Proshyan community. The primary goal of the authors of the "Rehabilitation City of Heroes" project is to help soldiers and disabled soldiers to overcome the psychological damage caused by the war, to learn a new...
 
A delegation led by the Speaker of the Central American Parliament Carolina Fernandez has arrived in Armenia to take part in the commemoration ceremonies of the Armenian Genocide victims. On April 23, Mrs. Fernandez was received by the Catholicos of All Armenians.
 
An exhibition entitled "THIS - OLDER- THE ONE" was opened at the National Gallery of Armenia dedicated to the International Day of Monuments and Sites. The monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin are in the core center. According to the legend, the monastery older than Haghpat, was called Sanahin (...
 
Deacon Manvel Sargsyan from the Brotherhood of the Mother See will be ordained to the priesthood.  The deacon will be the first ordained priest in Dadivank.  Two months ago, he was appointed to serve in the famous Artsakh monastery.  Prior to the ordination, Deacon Manvel received...
 
The three-month course is designed to reprogram the diocesan Sunday schools. At the conclusion, one common program will be launched for everyone. It is also planned to create new Sunday schools, which will be attached to the diocesan community churches. 
 
On April 24, the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, accompanied by the Brotherhood of the Holy Etchmiadzin, visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, following which he presided over the commemoration ceremonies of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at the Mother See. The reliquary of the...
 
 
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The Red Gospel is kept in the house of the Karapetyans family living in Yerevan, and they voluntarily bring it to Hovhannavank every year on Red Sunday. The family inherited the Holy Book from the grandfather monk Karapet of the Holy Apostles Church in Moush.
 
On April 25, the delegation of the French Senate led by President Gerard Larcher visted the Catholicos of All Armenians in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The senators were accompanied by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacotte. 
 
During these April day, Armenians around the world organize commemoration ceremonies to commemorate the Armenian Genocide martyrs.   
 
In the capital of the multinational federation, it is possible to get acquainted with the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Armenian people in the "Ark" museum located on the Olympic Avenue. The only Armenian museum operates in the Armenian Church complex in Moscow.
 
The Mother See's Social Office Department and the "Izmirlian" Foundation provide food assistance to displaced families from Artsakh living in the Masyatsotn Diocese, who have lost their children and spouses, as well as those affected by the coronavirus.
 
The website created for the renovation of the Mother Cathedral tells about the construction process of Holy Echmiadzin and is a platform for nationwide fundraising.
 
A requiem service was held for Vardan Gregorian, co-founder of the "Aurora Humanitarian Initiative" and President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New York, at the end of the liturgy at St. Gayane Monastery on April 25.      
 
Azerbaijan pursues an institutional policy of destruction of the Armenian cultural heritage. Currently, the fate of about 2,000 monuments in the territories under the control of Azerbaijan is in danger. Artsakh Minister of Education and Science Lusine Gharakhanyan stated this.
 
 
 
Since 2018, the former Dean of the seminary, Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Movses Sargsyan, inparallel with the founding activites of the museum in St. Nazareth Church, he collected materials related to the history of the Seminary, with the aim of creating an archive-gallery presenting the history of...
 
On April 27, the Primate of the Diocese of Gugark, His Grace Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, consecrated and placed the cross of the dome of the bell tower of the Kobayr Monastery (12-13th centuries).
 
The Education Subgroup of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin issued a statement expressing its dissatisfaction with the reference of the Minister of Education and Science Mr. Vahram Dumanyan to the further teaching of the subject of History of the Armenian Church, to the fact that instead of...
 
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Holy Resurrection Church in Dvin.  The Social Service Department of the Mother See and the "Izmirlian" Foundation provide assistance to families displaced from Artsakh and vulnerable families affected by the epidemic.  The Beirut-based "...