Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – April 2016
On April 04, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; a united Prayer Service for the Homeland and her defenders was offered at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan.
The service were attended by Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia; Primates of the Armenian Church, Bishops from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, as well as thousands of Armenian faithful.
At the entrance of the Cathedral, under the singing of the hymn “Hrashapar”, the ecclesiastical procession, which also included members of the military; led the Armenian Pontiff to the Holy Altar of the cathedral. During the procession, the faithful burst into applause for the homeland defenders who were in the procession.
A Blessing of the Republic Prayer was offered for the strength and peace of the Republic of Nagorno- Kharabakh and the Republic of Armenia. During the Service His Holiness prayed asking God “Now we all bow before You asking for full mercy from You, Our Lord; to keep the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh in peace, strength and prosperity….
Clergy also prayed to God for the rest of the souls of the victims who killed at the battles and border areas.
At the conclusion His Holiness delivered remarks to the faithful.