The Rite of blessing of pomegranates held at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

03/01/2015 Yerevan: A new order of blessing of pomegranates by  His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians  was held at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin at the eve of the New Year 2015 . The Pomegranate-blessing service was offered at all parishes of Armenian Orthodox Church as well. In the Armenian tradition, the pomegranate is seen as the national symbol that ...

Catholicos Aram I Consecrates Armenian Orthodox Church and Genocide Memorial in UAE : Pays tribute to Sheikh Zayed

Abu Dhabi- United Arab Emirates 12 December 2014. Following the anointment of the baptismal font and the pictures by the Primates of Tehran, Isfahan and Lebanon, on Thursday evening, His Holiness Aram I, on Friday, anointed the altar and dedicated the four main columns of the building to the four Evangelists. Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of ...

Pope Theodoros II meets Bishop Ashod Mnatsakanyan – Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Diocese in Egypt

Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Unity - November 2014 On 28th October 2014, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, welcomed to the Patriarchal See the Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Diocese in Egypt, Bishop Ashod Mnatsakanyan. During their meeting, which is part of the cooperation between Christians denominations in Egypt, the ...

New Armenian Orthodox Baptismal Church to be Consecrated on the banks of Jordan River

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Dept. of Press and Information The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem 28/10/14 Armenian Quarter - Jerusalem: At the end of this month, at the river Jordan bank in Jordan, the Armenian Baptismal Church of St. Garabed will be consecrated. His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan donated property for the Church to the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate ...

Catholicos Aram I to Petition Turkish Court for the return of Historic Sis Catholicosate to the Armenian Orthodox Church

Rubin (Delegate of All Armenia) OCP News Service – 21/9/14 Yerevan: The Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia and Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon, His Holiness Aram I stated that he will file a petition with the constitutional court of Turkey to persuade for the return of the historic Sis Catholicosate back to the Armenian ...

Historic Armenian Liturgy held at the Akdamar Church unites Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Participates for the first time together with Syriac and Armenian Orthodox Prelates

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Prakash Varghese (OCP Delegate of UAE, Gulf and Levant Region) OCP News Service - 8/9/14 Turkey: The fifth annual Armenian Orthodox Liturgy was held at the historic at the Cathedral of Holy Cross located on the Akdamar Island on 7th September 2014. This year it was a very special and historic due the presence of His All ...

Ecumenical Patriarch to attend Armenian Orthodox Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Holy Cross on Akdamar Island

All His Holiness Bartholomew – Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome and The Ecumenical Patriarch, His Beatitude Bishop Mesrob Mutafyan – Patriarch of the Armenian Orthodox Church in Constantinople, His Eminence Mor Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin -  Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Istanbul and Ankara

Prakash Varghese (OCP Delegate of UAE, Gulf and Levant Region) 3/9/14 Turkey: His Al Holiness Bartholomew I the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will attend Armenian Orthodox Liturgy at the Cathedral of Holy Cross located on the Akdamar Island, reports several media sources. Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan His Eminence Yusuf Cetin (Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church in ...

Feast Day of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God (Verapokhum)

Armenian Orthodox Church - Mother See - 14/8/14 On August 17, the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Services will start at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the Blessing of the Grapes ...

Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia announce new positions for Prelates

            Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon-2/8/14 26 July 2014. On Friday, His Holiness Aram I announced the following new appointments: 1. Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, Pontifical Vicar, Diocese of Cyprus. 2. Very Rev. Housig Mardirossian, Director, Office of Ecumenical Relations and Head of the office of Communication. 3. Rev. Torkom Donoyan, Dean, of Theological Seminary. 4. Very Rev. Paren Vartanian Grand Sacristan, ...

Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate Slams Attack on the Armenian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi 

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Kisha D Dorado - (OCP Delegate of Serbia, Balkan and East European Region) 25/7/14 Tbilisi: The Georgian Orthodox Church has condemned the attack made on the Armenian Orthodox Church- the Armenian Surb Etchmiadzin Church in Tbilisi.  The Armenian and Georgian Orthodox Prelates met to discuss the incident  and stated  that it  has nothing to do with religious or ethnic issues. “The ...

An Assault on the Armenian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi

Diocese of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Orthodox  Church in Georgia 22/7/14 On July 19, 2014, a pre-planned attack was perpetrated on the representatives of the Armenian Church of Surb Etchmiadzin located in Tbilisi, which was motivated by ethnic and religious hatred. At around 4 pm, a provocation was organized on a territory adjacent to the yard of ...

Armenian Orthodox Church to hold blessing of the Holy Muron in September 2015 

Rubin Vanetsi (OCP Delegate of All Armenia) OCP News Service - 28/6/14 Yerevan: The Armenian Apostolic Church will hold blessing of the Holy Muron on 27th September 2015. The decision was made during the the recent session of the Supreme Spiritual Council held at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Sessions were presided by His ...

New Publication – Prayer Book

Armenian Orthodox Church - Mother See Holy Etchmiadzin - 21/3/14 With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the Publishing Department of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, has published the vernacular Eastern Armenian translation of the “Prayer Book”, by one of the renowned church fathers of the XI century, Archimandrite ...

Supreme Spiritual Council Meets in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Armenian Orthodox Church - March 2014 From March 11 through 13, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, a regular meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council was held with the general members, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. His Holiness Karekin II offered his appreciation and blessings to ...

Archbishop Mor Divanasios Behnan Jajawi laid to rest

Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East 20/2/14 On Wednesday, 19.02.2014, 11:30 hrs mortal remains of Mor Divanasios Behnan Jajawi laid to rest. Funeral prayers were led by Their Eminence Mor Timothy Khoury and Mor Silvanus Peter and assisted by the Bishop of the Armenian Orthodox Church His Grace Sipan Kjjian and Armenian Catholic Church Monsignor ...

Syrian Christians fear extremist rebels

The deaths of four children in a mortar attack has shaken Christians in Damascus

  14/12/13 Anti-government rebels have been targeting Syrian Christians as 'infidels' seeking protection from Assad's regime. After a mortar attack left four children dead, one bishop laments, 'We are suffering a new genocide.' Relatives stood silently in front an altar honoring four children killed by a mortar attack near the Old City of Damascus. The Armenian Orthodox children ...

Bishop Shahé Panossian has been elected Primate of Lebanon

Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon On Monday 7 October 2013, the Diocesan Council of Lebanon met at St. Nishan Church in Beirut to elect a new Primate from a short list of three names. The Council elected Bishop Shahé Panossian who had the highest number of votes. The Bishop, who joined the brotherhood in 1971, was ...

In Memoriam: Very Rev. Ghevont Samoorian

24/1/13 BILLERICA, Mass. — The Very Rev. Ghevont Samoorian, of Billerica, died on January 20, 2013. He was 78. Born in Cambridge, on April 17, 1934, to Melkon and Mary Samoorian, Samoorian was baptized Diran. He attended public school in Arlington and graduated from Lexington High School. Even though he grew up very much an American, his ...

Archbishop Mor Pelexinos Matthias Nais enthroned as Patriarchal Vicar for Germany

14/12/12 GERMANY: His Eminence Archbishop Mor Pelexinos Matthias Nais, enthroned as Patriarchal Vicar for Germany. His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas lead the ceremony. Metropolitans of Syriac Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Armenian Orthodox and Metropolitan's of other sister churches assisted Holy Father. Source:

Newly Built Church of Aghavnatun Consecrated

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Armenian Orthodox Church On 21 October, 2012 in the village of Aghvanatun in the Armavir region, the consecration of the newly built St. Anna Church was offered by His Grace Bishop Sion Adamian, Primate of the Armavir Diocese.  Tigran Sargsian, RA Deputy Prime Minister; Ashot Ghahramanian, Governor of Armavir; Vahan Avagian of ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I INAUGURATES THE 13TH SESSION OF ANNUAL SEMINARS FOR WOMEN

The Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon On 23 October 2012, His Holiness Aram I inaugurated the 13th session of eight-month long Christian education seminar for women at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias.  About 100 women have enrolled in this adult education activity organized by the Christian Education Department of the Catholicosate. The course will ...