Celebration of the Holy Nativity and Theophany in the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin



ECHMADZIN — On January 6, on the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Mother Cathedral by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

The Divine Liturgy was attended by President Serge Sargisian; National Assembly President Galust Sahakyan; Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan; state officials, members of the Supreme Spiritual Council, foreign diplomats, and public figures from the fields of education, science and the arts.

Under canopy, a Pontifical Procession led the Catholicos of All Armenians, and Sargisian to the Mother Cathedral. The Canopy bearers were; Dr. Armen Charchyan, director of the Izmirlian Medical Center; Ara Vardanyan, chief architect of the Mother See; artist Hrant Tokhatyan and Prof. Gevork Madoyan, Vice Dean of the Gevorgyan Theological Seminary.

Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grant Sacristan of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Echmiadzin; and Bishop Mushegh Babayan, operations director of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin; assisted the catholicos during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

During the Pontifical Divine Liturgy the Catholicos of All Armenians extended his Pontifical Blessings and Message to All Armenians worldwide, conveying to everyone the Good News of the Angel.

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Following the Divine Liturgy, Catholicos Karekin II offered the service of Blessings of Waters. Hayk Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-Russian benefactor of the Armenian Church, served as the Godfather of the Cross during the ceremony in the Mother Cathedral.

Following the conclusion of the Liturgy, an official reception was held in the Alec and Marie Manoogian Treasury House Museum, where the Catholicos of All Armenians offered his blessings and best wishes to those present.


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