On August 21, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the celebration of Divine Liturgy, with the participation of Diocesan Primates of Armenia and Members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See. The celebrant of the Liturgy was His Grace Bishop Anushavan Jamkochian, Dean of the Mother Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator and Dean of the Theological Faculty of Yerevan State University.
Representing the members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin and the faithful, Bishop Anushavan extended congratulations with filial love and respect on the occasion of the 60th birthday of the Armenian Pontiff, wishing him many vibrant days of life and productive Pontifical service to continue his Pastoral mission to lead the nation with success.
Following the sermon, there was a Pontifical Prayer for His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, offered by His Eminence Archbishop Pargev Martirosian, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh. The clergies and faithful raised their prayers to Almighty God asking Him to keep the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin unshaken, and protect her zealous and diligent Pontiff, granting him strength and power to implement the God-pleasing projects of Church-building activities for the welfare of our Holy Church and the wellbeing of our faithful nation.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the Members of the Brotherhood escorted His Holiness to the Pontifical Residence, where they once again congratulated the Catholicos of All Armenians and conveyed him their best wishes.