Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II lighting the candles of the faithful

Christmas Epiphany Liturgy at St. Gayane Monastery

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ECHMIADZIN — On January 5, on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity, Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the Liturgy of the Dawn with the participation of the Congregation of the Mother See, benefactors of the Mother See, and other participants.

At the service

The celebrant was the director of the Administrative Department of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, Bishop Mushegh Babayan. During the evening service, various scriptures were read, followed by four deacons from the Mother See reading Daniel’s prophecy.

Babayan referred to the Nativity of Christ in his sermon, noting that everyone has again taken steps to the churches to strengthen and desire peace, that all in the first days of 2021 have come together to pray, to live, to be a living and military Church. To feed on Jesus.

Bishop Mushegh Babayan

“Peace unites us. In search of peace, the Armenian nation embraced Christ, accepted His rule, and relied on His infinite peace. We have always united around this mighty Prince of Peace, to be strengthened by Him, to be filled with hope. And at this moment, dear believers, is the good news of the birth of that mighty Prince, who is being trumpeted by angels in the news of the world. “Christ was born and revealed, great news for you and us.”

He called on the faithful to make a vow strengthened by the gospel of Christmas, to promise that they will overcome pain with faith, will live every day with hope, and will be filled with love to win with love, because Christ was born and appeared.

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At the end of the Holy Liturgy, the pre-holiday ceremony, the Catholicos ascended to the tabernacle and lit a candle, from which the light symbolizing Jesus Christ was distributed to the believers.

Finally, led by the Catholicos, the first Blessing of the Year was performed.

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