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On The Feast Of Holy Etchmiadzin The Cross Of The Dome Of The Mother See Was Consecrated And Re-Inst
June 21 , 2020 , 15:02
On The Feast Of Holy Etchmiadzin The Cross Of The Dome Of The Mother See Was Consecrated And Re-Inst

On June 14, the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrated the feast day of Holy Etchmiadzin, which is the crown among the feasts of  the “Araratian Week”.

 

On the occasion of the feast, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the St. Trdat Open Air Altar at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The celebrant was His Grace Bishop Vasken Mirzakhanyan, Direcotor of the Office on Ecclesiastical Liturgical Issues of the Mother See, who, in His sermon, reflected on the meaning of the establishment of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, as well as, its significance and mission in the lives of people.

 

The joy of the feast completed with another significant event. Considering that the dome of the Mother Cathedral has been completely renovated as a result of the regular stage of the restoration of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, the consecration ceremony of the new Cross of the dome of the Cathedral was held at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The old Cross of the Cathedral, which had been damaged throughout the time, will find its permanent place in the Museum of the Mother See.

 

In front of the Open Altar, according to the tradition, under the singing of hymns and psalms, the Cross was washed with wine and water, and after prayers and scripture readings from the Bible, the Catholicos of All Armenians consecrated the Cross with Holy Muron.

 

 

On the occasion of the feast, under the presidency of the Pontiff of All Armenians; a Special Blessing service for Holy Etchmiadzin was offered.

The clergy and the faithful raised their prayers to Almighty God for the prosperity and brightness of the Mother See of All Armenians - the Holy Etchmiadzin, as well as, the permanent implementation of its sacred mission in the lives of the Armenians all over the world.

Then, in front of the newly consecrated Cross, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; conveyed His massage to the attendees and all our people, on the joyous occasion of the feast of Holy Etchmiadzin and the consecration of the Cross of the dome of the Mother Cathedral.

Following the speech of the Armenian Pontiff; the consecrated Cross, decorated with flowers, was taken to the courtyard of the Mother Cathedral with a solemn procession, where, under the singing of hymns and best wishes of the attendees, the Cross was raised with a crane and installed on the dome of the Cathedral.