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THE FEAST OF THE HOLY RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE MOTHER SEE OF HOLY ETCHMIADZIN

On April 8, the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ was celebrated in the spiritual headquarters of the Armenian Church, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. On the occasion of the Dominical Feast, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Holy Cathedral of Holy Descent. Surrounded by crosses and banners, the Ecclesiastical procession, led His Holiness Karekin II processed to the Mother Cathedral for the commencement of the Easter Divine Liturgy. His Holiness was accompanied by Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, and his wife Mrs. Rita Sargsyan.

The Pontifical Canopy Bearers were members of the Armenian General Benevolent Union: Mr. Aris Atamian and Mr. Vasken Yacoubian, members of the AGBU Central Board of Directors; Mr. Haig Messerlian, Chairman of the AGBU Western District Committee, and Mr. Ashot Ghazaryan, President of the AGBU Armenian Representation Managing Committee. Assisting His Holiness during the celebration of the solemn Divine Liturgy were His Grace Bishop Vertanes Abrahamyan, Head Chaplain of Republic of Armenia’s Armed Forces, and His Grace Bishop Artak Tigranyan.

His Holiness then addressed his Pontifical message to the Armenian nation all over the world. Present at the Easter Divine Liturgy were Mr. Samvel Nikoyan, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Tigran Sargsyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Chairman of the RA Constitutional Court Gagik Harutyunyan, representatives of the National Assembly and the government, as well as members of the Supreme Spiritual Council, ambassadors and leaders of diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia, representatives of international organizations, Mother See benefactors.

 
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