THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY OF THE CANDLE - LIGHTING CHAPEL AND PONTIFICAL MAUSOLEUM TOOK PLACE AT THE MOTHER SEE OF HOLY ETCHMIADZIN (VIDEO MATERIAL)

On November 14, 2014 the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Candle-Lighting Chapel and Pontifical Mausoleum, being constructed next to the main Cathedral at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, took place under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. The Candle Lighting Chapel is being constructed through the generous donation of the Mother See’s benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Ani Yacoubian (USA). The Ceremony was attended by the Honorary benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Yacoubian, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, Narek Sargsyan RA Minister of Urban Development and Chairman of the Architectural Council of the Mother See of Holy Etchmaidzin, Arev Samualyan, RA Deputy Minister of Culture, Bishops attending the most recent Bishops’ Synod of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Mother See, Members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, benefactors of the Mother See and other invitees. Architects of the Candle Lighting Chapel are Aslan Mkhitaryan, Hayk Mkrtchyan and Artavazd Nazaretyan. The construction of the Chapel is carried out by “Horizon 95” Construction Company. At the end of the Groundbreaking ceremony presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan, Vicar of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese, His Grace Bishop Mushegh Babayan, Director of the Administrative Office of the Mother See, read the commemorative scroll written in honor of the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction. ”On November 14, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Candle-Lighting Chapel and Pontifical Mausoleum was held, in the presence of the Bishop’s Synod, the Brotherhood of the Mother See, benefactors and faithful. Deserving children of our Holy Apostolic Church, in this chapel being built by the heartfelt charity of the pious and patriotic Karnig and Ani Yacoubian, our faithful sons will offer their prayers to God with candle lighting, asking His blessings upon their lives, the Church and the nation. This place of prayer will also be a resting place for our Patirachs’ remains and the prayers of our people will always heard, here bringing peace to the Patriarch’s souls. May the Lord keep our Apostolic Holy Church prosperous and bright, bless our Homeland and people, our benefactor sons and daughters, and always maintain us under his Holy Right”. The Catholicos of All Armenians offered his blessings to the participants on this occasion. “At this moment, our soul rejoices with joy. By the blessings of God and prayers of the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, Bishop’s Synod, members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See, benefactors and the faithful; the Groundbreaking ceremony for the Candle-Lighting Chapel and Pontifical Mausoleum was held on the spot where our sons and daughters will come and light candles and pray for God to raise their nation and Homeland. Their prayers will also rise for our 131Pontiffs by whose wise leadership our people have faced all difficulties, and now live under an open sky, again fighting for the protection of our national existence”,said the Catholicos of All Armenians. In his speech, His Holiness expressed his appreciation to the pious Yacoubian family. With the assistance of national benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Ani Yacoubian, the Vazgenyan Seminary became a reality and years ago the new building of the seminary was constructed. His Holiness Karekin II also extended his blessings to the architectural council members of the Mother See, the architects and the constructors for their devoted efforts, asking the Lord that the construction of the new building come to a successful completion. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia offers his remarks on this occasion, warmly welcoming this and all the other programs, that have been realized in recent years in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia stressed that every program concerning the nation, the church and the Homeland has a vital significance and promotes the brightening of the Church, strengthening of the nation and unity. At the end, under the singing of the hymns, a capsule containing the commemorative scroll was placed in the construction of the foundation of the building.

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