Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – 27/8/17
On August 20, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received a group of mothers whose sons who were killed serving as soldiers during the conflict in Artsakh, under conditions of military actions and ceasefire.
His Holiness conveyed his blessings and Pontifical love to the mothers, noting his great appreciation for their spirit. His Holiness expressed his sympathy and stated that their children had given their lives for the safety and security of their homeland, so that their mothers and sisters could live in peace.
The Catholicos of All Armenians confirmed that the memory of the martyred soldiers is cherished by everyone, and through their deeds and heroic examples, continue to live in the souls of our people, creating a sense of pride and gratitude.
Catholicos Karekin II, also stressed that the Armenian soldier is always in his prayers and that of every Armenian clergyman.
Answering questions of the mothers at the conclusion, His Holiness offered his prayers for the rest of the souls of the deceased soldiers, then blessed the mothers, wishing for them to educate their children with the same patriotic spirit and continue their important mission in life.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisyan, Director of the External Relations and Protocol Department of Mother See.
The mothers traveled from Yerevan and Gyumri and following the meeting, attended the Divine Liturgy in the Mother Cathedral.