Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – 8/2/17
With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Etchmiadzin Choir of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary left for Russia on February 5, where they performed a concert program.
Prior to their departure, on the evening of February 4, the “Etchmiadzin” choir students, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Gevork Saroyan, Dean of the Spiritual-Educational institutions of Mother See; Rev. Fr. Karekin Hambardzumyan; Dean of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary and Dn. Artur Vardanyan, Founder and Director of the Choir, were received by the Catholicos of All Armenians.
The Armenian Pontiff expressed his appreciation to the Gevorkian Theological Seminary administration and the students of the Etchmiadzin Choir, expressing joy at their initiative. His Holiness expressed confidence that this first-time event will generate great excitement and enthusiasm for the students, leaving a positive impact on their educational experience.
His Holiness praised the Choir’s travel itinerary, stressing that the spiritual-national culture of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Armenian people will be presented through songs.
On February 5, the Choir, under the high patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of New Nakhichevan and Russia, perfomed in the church complex, presenting secular and spiritual songs.
In the upcoming days, the Choir will perform in the Moscow Theological Academy of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Following their Russia tour, the choir will travel to Grodno, the Republic of Belarus, where they will participate in contest-festival of 45 choirs. The choir is being accompanied by Rev. Fr. Karekin Hambardzumyan; Dean of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary.