ECHMIADZIN — Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; presided during the solemn Ground Blessing service for the new Church in Dilijan, Diocese of Tavush.
The church will be built through the joint efforts of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, the Dilijan Municipality, Iniatives for Development of Armenia Foundation (IDeA), as well as the Dilijan Development Fund.
The benefactors of the Church construction project are Ruben Vardanian, Gagik Adibekyan, Maxim Atayants and Armen Karapetyan.
Following a traditional welcoming ceremony of offering salt and bread, Armen Mantrosyan, Mayor of Dilijan, and Artur Hakobyan, director of the Dilijan Development Fund; gave opening remarks.
Following their remarks, Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of the Diocese of Tavoush; welcomed Galstanyan expressed joy that after a long historical break, Dilijan will receive a new sanctuary.
The catholicos then offered the service of Ground Blessing. Led by the catholicos, the clergy prayed for the strength and vibrancy of the newly built church. At the conclusion of the service, he addressed the people in attendance.