The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the commemoration of Saints John the Forerunner (Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

May 30 is also the pilgrimage day of the St. Shoghakat Monastery. With the blessing of the Catholicos of All Armenians from the Mother See, the relics of the saints were taken to St. Shoghakat Monastery. The Armenian Patriarch conveyed his blessing, and handed over the reliquary of the saints to Proto-Archimandrite Zakaria Baghumyan in front of the St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Trdat Open Altar. The procession of clergy went to St. Shoghakat Monastery.

Nerses the Graceful's riddles were translated into Chinese by the students

In Gagik Stepanyan School No. 135, where the second foreign language is Chinese, students present the riddles of Saint Nerses the Graceful in Chinese. Of the 300 puzzles written by Nerses the Graceful, 6 are for children: Hayk Nahapet, Tork Angegh, Movses Khorenatsi, Davit Anhaght, Grigor Lusavorich, Trdat the Third King. Riddles with a Chinese translation were published in "Echmiadzin" magazine.

There are 5 children and a lot of love in the family of the Lalayans forcibly displaced from Artsakh

After the forced displacement from Artsakh, the Lalayan family lives in Yerevan in a rented two-room apartment. His father, Eric Lalayan, is a former soldier. Does not currently have a main job. Erna taught piano for 17 years in Artsakh. Now she works in a store, but she misses the piano and her students very much. They have 5 children, the youngest was born for a special purpose.

Children and mothers from Artsakh participate in a three-day camp in Tsaghkadzor under AGBU program

The beneficiaries of the AGBU "Nairi" three-day family camp, which supports the people of Artsakh are children aged 6-14 and their mothers were forcibly displaced from Artsakh since September 24 in 2023. The program started in February and will last until June. About 300 people go to Tsakhkadzor at each stage, 100 of them are parents, the rest are children. Under the auspices of AGBU, the "Nairi" family camp will be followed by an annual summer camp for Artsakh citizens involved in various need and social groups.

liturgy was held on the Feast of the Appearance of the Cross in the Holy Cross Church of Aparan

The day of the Appearance of the Holy Cross is also the day of the consecration and pilgrimage of the Holy Cross Church of Aparan. Every year, on this day, the cross relic of the Lord is brought to the church and a festive liturgy is offered. Believers from Aparan and surrounding settlements visit the Holy Cross to get strength from the relic and renew their vows. The liturgy was served by Fr. Hovhannes Torgomyan.

The "Narek" dance school of Nork's Youth Center celebrated its 35th anniversary

The concert was dedicated to the memory of choreographer Paylak Sargsyan, with whom the ensemble's close cooperation began in 1997. Paylak Sargsyan's performances were presented at the concert. The ensemble always wins dance festivals held in Armenia and abroad and traditionally presents the premiere of new plays in the Diaspora.

The forcibly displaced Artsakh residents invited an Artsakh priest to the workplace for a Home-blessing

After the forced deportation from Artsakh, the people of Artsakh settled in Armenia often turn to the priest in the post-Easter period to perform the Easter blessing in their homes and announce the good news of the Lord's resurrection. Usually they turn to Father Andreas Tavadyan with that question.

An intercession ceremony was performed at the Mother See in memory of the canonized martyrs

On the occasion of the day of remembrance of the holy martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, the Brotherhood of the Mother See, led by the Catholicos of All Armenians, participated in the Liturgy ceremony in the St. Gayane Monastery. On that occasion, the reliquary of the Armenian Genocide martyrs was brought out. At the end of the liturgy, the procession of the clergy moved to the khachkar-monument of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide erected near the Mother Cathedral, where an intercessory order was performed in memory of the canonized martyrs under the solemn guidance of the Patriarch of All Armenians.

This year's slogan for the Torchlight march is "Fight When You're Persecuted"

On the initiative of ARF Armenian youth and Nikol Aghbalyan student unions, on the evening of April 23, the participants of the procession with torches from Republic Square went to Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex. Under the leadership of the clergy, the participants of the march passed through the central streets of Yerevan and carried the Armenian flag to the memorial complex of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Mozart's Requiem was performed on the occasion of the anniversary of the Genocide

At midnight on April 23, Mozart's Requiem was performed in the Aram Khachatryan concert hall, commemorating the memory of 1.5 million Armenians who were victims of the genocide in Ottoman Turkey 109 years ago. The orchestra was led by guest conductor George Pehlivanyan. Requiem is a requiem service performed in the Catholic Church, which, having lost its ritual significance in the 18th century, is also performed in concert halls. According to musicologists, Mozart's Requiem is one of the most famous and most frequently played works in the world.

The President of the Bouches du Rhône District Council visited the "Altitude 5165" charity organization

"Altitude 5165" charity organization is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and it has been cooperating with Bouches du Rhône since 2003. The dental clinic provides free therapeutic and surgical services to all the disabled, orphaned children of Etchmiadzin, socially disadvantaged families, forcibly displaced from Artsakh and all Artsakh Armenian families living in Etchmiadzin.

The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation

In the Saint Gayane Monastery, the Annunciation service was performed by Proto-Archimandrite Zakaria Baghumyan. Every year on April 7, the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary. Under the direction of Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, the day was declared a day of blessing for mothers and women awaiting the joy of motherhood.