Message of HH Karekin II on First Armenian Republic Day

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – May 2016

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II,
SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS, 
ON THE FIRST ARMENIAN REPUBLIC DAY
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
(May 28, 2016)

From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, we are extending our blessings and congratulations to our people on the occasion of the First Armenian Republic Day.

Today, we celebrate the establishment of the first Republic of Armenia, proudly remembering the heroic battles in Sardarapat, Gharakilisa and Bash Aparan, when our people united with a life and death struggle, withstood the Turkish army and with a nationwide victory provided the divine right to live on their native soil and to enrich their country. By the Lord’s guidance, and with the same warm feeling of patriotism and valiant spirit, our sons today are defending the borders of Armenia and Artsakh. We owe a debt to the heroes and generations who gave their lives for the freedom and peace of our Homeland, and it is paid with the strengthening of our country, the welfare of our people, and strengthening the security of our state.

We pray that God keep our statehood and Homeland strong under His Holy Right Hand, supporting the Armenian nation dispersed throughout the world and granting success to all our efforts for the love of the Homeland. May Almighty God grant peace to our country and richly bless our Christ-loving people in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.

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