Episcopal Ordination and Consecration in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

by Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE on November 20, 2014

in Featured News, News

On November 16, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, during the celebration of Divine Liturgy, Episcopal ordinations and consecrations were held. Rev. Fr. Narek Berberyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil; Rev. Fr. Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Canada; and Rev. Fr. Vardan Navasardyan, Director of the Christian Education Center of Mother See; were consecrated, ordained and elevated in rank, by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

 

On November 15, before the Evening Service, the service of candidature was held in the Mother Cathedral, during which the bishops reaffirmed their covenant faithfulness to the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, and signed their oaths.

On November 16, a Pontifical Divine Liturgy was offered at the altar of St. Stephen the Protomartyr in the Mother Cathedral, where a public examination was made of the orthodox faith of the candidates. Representatives of the Armenian Church; scribes, deacons, priests, bishops, as well as laymen representing different classes of society, approached His Holiness and publicaly bore witness on behalf of the candidates, after which the Divine Liturgy continued at the main Altar of the Mother Catherdral. Assisting His Holiness were His Grace Bishop Sahak Mashalyan from the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople and His Grace Bishop Tatev Hakobyan; primate of the Armenian Diocese of Ukraine. His Grace Bishop Haigazun Najaryan; Pontifical Legate of India and the Far East, and Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand served as the intercessor for the candidates.

Under the singing of the hymn “divine and celestial grace” the Archmindrates faced the faithful and raised their hands as a sign of rejection of all that is worldly. After prayers to God, the service of consecration was offered. His Holiness called the Archmindrates Narek, Abgar, and Vardan, to the rank of bishop, and consecrated the candidates’ foreheads and the thumbs of their right hand with Holy Chrism, following which the symbols of episcopacy- the Episcopal staff and ring, were presented to the newly consecrated bishops.

The Catholicos of All Armenians addressed his Pontificial message to the newly consecrated bishops and the pious faithful, present on this joyful occasion.

Dear faithful,

We are all now experiencing great joy and happiness. The sacred Episcopal ordination and consecration service is again Pentecost in our Holy Church. Paul repeatedly speaks of the high rank of the bishop and the responsibility in their service, as under their guidance the charitable ministry of the clergy become more effective, as does the spiritual nourishment provided to the faithful by the the living word of the Holy Bible, the lessons and exhortations, and the administrative functions of the Church. The Bishop is considered to be the tiller in God’s garden, as due to their service the Church blossoms and bears fruit through plentiful results. As we read a few minutes ago, the episcopal oath is in its purity. “Happy are the pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8), teaches our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount. The purity of the heart is the most wonderful guarantee of theological-reflection. The path of theological-refelction is the kind process, the religious affairs, is the humble and productive service, Christ’s constant presence of warm feelings and the care and unconditional love towards the faithful.

Today, our candidates have been evidenced by the faithful, diocesan officials, and witnesses; as gentle, benevolent, God-loving, law-abiding, and humble individuals.

Yesterday our ordained bishops knelt before the Holy Altar promised and vowed to go forward determined, according to the doctrine and commandments of our Apostolic Holy Church, to teach and admonish the faithful entrusted to their care by kind service, and as monks of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, our sacred sanctuary by Christ, exert all efforts for the development and vibrancy of the Spiritual Center of All Armenians.

Our people are led by the courage and vigor of the bishops in our history; as in Christ’s Holy Church, developed science and culture, created script and writing, built church and monastery, overcame the challenges of difficult times, survived the Armenian Genocide, kept hope and faith, and reached for a free life, the realization of a dream of an independent state. Our Church today continues its mission through the leadership and service of the bishops, with the support of our God-loving people. There are many challenges in our spiritual- ecclesiastical life.

And today also, our bishops must exert efforts, so that our sons be more aware of our sacred ecclesiastical traditions, revaluate our precious spiritual heritage, not ignore the truth and be mislead by the influence of the teachings of the sects, to proceed without offense according to Christ commands, to live by high Christian and human values. To overcome the problems and difficulties is vitally important that our sons remain unyielding under the auspices of our Holy Church; close to God and the nation proceed the way to salvation”, said His Holiness.

His Holiness presenting the ordained bishops to the pilgrims attending the Divine Liturgy, wished the former: “Dear Bishops, our exhortation and messages is that you keep your covenant firm, act and serve by the shining example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and add new achievements to your patriotic and church-devoted deeds.

Yesterday our ordained bishops knelt before the Holy Altar promised and vowed to go forward determined, according to the doctrine and commandments of our Apostolic Holy Church, to teach and admonish the faithful entrusted to their care by kind service, and as monks of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, our sacred sanctuary by Christ, exert all efforts for the development and vibrancy of the Spiritual Center of All Armenians.

Our people are led by the courage and vigor of the bishops in our history; as in Christ’s Holy Church, developed science and culture, created script and writing, built church and monastery, overcame the challenges of difficult times, survived the Armenian Genocide, kept hope and faith, and reached for a free life, the realization of a dream of an independent state. Our Church today continues its mission through the leadership and service of the bishops, with the support of our God-loving people. There are many challenges in our spiritual- ecclesiastical life.

And today also, our bishops must exert efforts, so that our sons be more aware of our sacred ecclesiastical traditions, revaluate our precious spiritual heritage, not ignore the truth and be mislead by the influence of the teachings of the sects, to proceed without offense according to Christ commands, to live by high Christian and human values. To overcome the problems and difficulties is vitally important that our sons remain unyielding under the auspices of our Holy Church; close to God and the nation proceed the way to salvation”, said His Holiness.

His Holiness presenting the ordained bishops to the pilgrims attending the Divine Liturgy, wished the former: “Dear Bishops, our exhortation and messages is that you keep your covenant firm, act and serve by the shining example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and add new achievements to your patriotic and church-devoted deeds.

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