The Mother See is pleased to announce this year’s schedule of Holy Week and Easter Services. All services will be held in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. We encourage our faithful world-wide to participate in the services leading up to the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Armenian communities throughout the world will be able to watch Easter Divine Liturgy broadcast live from the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin on Sunday morning, April 20, on Armenian Public Television available through satellite providers. The international television broadcast schedule will be announced soon.
PALM SUNDAY – April 13
10:00 am – Blessing of the Four Corners of the Earth (Andastan) 11:00am – Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Children service (following the Holy Service) 17:30 am – Opening of the Doors Service ( Drnbatsek)
HOLY TUESDAY – COMMEMORATION OF THE TEN VIRGINS – April 15 05:30 pm – Evening Services
HOLY THURSDAY – April 17 07:30 Morning Service and “Karg Apashkharoghats” (Service for those who are fasting) 10:30 am – Divine Liturgy 04:00 pm – Washing of the Feet Service – Offered by His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians 07:00 pm – Betrayal Service in memory of the betrayal of Our Lord Jesus Christ
HOLY FRIDAY – April 18 12:00 noon – Crucifixion Service 17:30 pm – Burial Service .Following the Burial service a pre-feast service will be offered. During the service the symbolic Tomb of Christ is solemnly processed around the outside of the church. The ceremony will be presided HH Karekin II
HOLY SATURDAY (Easter Eve) – April 19 17:30 pm – Evening Service and Candlelight Divine Liturgy. Holy Scripture readings and the reading of the Prophet Daniels’ letter will be followed by the Evening Service, and then Divine Liturgy.
FEAST OF THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST – April 20 7:30 am – Morning Service 10:30 am – Pontifical Divine Liturgy – Celebrant – His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians
MEMORIAL DAY – April 21 10:30 am – Divine Liturgy and Repose of Souls Service