Message of Catholicos-Patriarch Karekin II on the Commemoration Day of Victory and Peace and the Liberation of Shushi

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II,
SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS,
ON THE COMMEMORATION DAY OF VICTORY AND PEACE
AND THE LIBERATION OF SHUSHI
(May 09, 2014)

From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, we extend our Pontifical blessings and congratulations to our faithful people on the occasion of the day of the glorious victory of May 9.

May 9th is significant in our lives with the victories of our people recorded during the Great Patriotic War and the heroic battle for Artsakh. This day holds the holy sacrament of the God- sent right for people and nations to live in peace and freedom and the protection of the Homeland.

The children of our people dispersed throughout the world fearlessly struggled against violence from all fronts during the Great Patriotic War, and contributed in attaining victory.
With the same patriotic and brave spirit our people liberated Shushi, ending the Artsakh battle with a great victory. We are hopeful that with God’s support the people in Artsakh will succeed in gaining their right to lead a free and independent life.

We extend our prayers to the Almighty to keep in peace the spirits of our heroic people in the heavenly Kingdom, who gave up their lives in the name of the Homeland.

We pray that the paths of peace be reinforced through the graces of Our Savior Jesus Christ. May God keep our Homeland and our people dispersed throughout the Diaspora in peace and welfare.

With blessings,

HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II
CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS
SUPREME PATRIARCH

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