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“A Gift to Value Life”

In his homily for the Feast of the Theophany on January 6, 2020, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, spoke on the mystery and promise of God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ.

“It is hard for a human mind to fathom how the infinite God could limit Himself; how God the Creator could take up the likeness of a created man,” he said. “The birth of Christ is a gift to value human life: to turn it into a new beginning, a new path which leads to the knowledge of God, and to adoption by God. Christ’s birth testifies to God’s incomparable, endless love for humankind.”

The Catholicos also lamented the “contradictory developments of modern life,” whereby “the message of the Christ’s birth is often lost.” “To withstand these new realities,” he said, “we must stand firm in our faith in Christ: re-evaluating our past; choosing renewal and adoption by God.”

With the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin undergoing an architectural restoration, His Holiness delivered the message during a Pontifical Divine Liturgy in Yerevan’s mammoth St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral. Following the liturgy, Catholicos Karekin II led the “Blessing of Water” ceremony, where Saro Khudaverdyan of Milan, Italy, served as Godfather of the Cross. Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, along with officers of the government, attended the service and received the Catholicos’ blessing.

Click on the links to view video footage of the Armenian Christmas service, and to read His Holiness’ message in Armenian and English.

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