On April 5, the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ was celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. On the occasion of the Feast, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Holy Cathedral of Holy Descent, conveying the triumphant good news “Christ is risen from the dead” to Armenians worldwide.
The Pontifical Divine Liturgy was attended by the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsian and First Lady, Mrs Rita Sargsian; Mr. Galust Sahakyan, President of the RA National Assembly; Mr. Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia; as well as members of the National Assembly, members of the Supreme Spiritual Council, benefactors of the Holy See, participants of the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s 88th General Assembly led by the AGBU President Mr. Berge Setrakian, representatives and executives of diplomatic missions accredited to Armenia and International organizations, representatives in the fields of education and the arts, and many pilgrims.
Students from the Armenian Church Youth Centers jointly operated by the Mother See and the AGBU; students of the Eurnekian Secondary Public School of Vagharshapat; and members of the AGBU Yerevan Scout troupes, were also present at the Mother See.
The Pontifical Canopy Bearers were: Mr. Artak Zakaryan, President of the RA National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations; Mr. Artur Osikyan, Director of the RA Justice Ministry’s Penitentiary Department; Dr. Arman Babloyan, Director of the Arabkir Medical Center; and Mr. Simon Ter-Simonyan, Chairman of the Coordinating Committee on Government Charitable Programs.
Assisting His Holiness at the Holy Altar were His Eminence Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisyan, Director of External Relations and Protocol Department; and His Grace Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Director of the Religious Conceptual Issues Office of Mother See.
During the service, His Holiness addressed his message to faithful Armenians throughout the world on the occasion of Holy Easter.