On Monday, September 21, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, stood alongside Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, and government and church dignitaries in a solemn ceremony honoring the 29th anniversary of Armenia’s independence.
In the Armenian liturgical calendar, autumn is the Season of the Holy Cross. The months of September and October are punctuated with celebrations and fasts dedicated to the Cross of Jesus Christ, and its mysterious power.
Monday, September 21 marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Armenia.
On Saturday, September 12, the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America broke new ground by holding a “virtual” Diocesan Assembly. It was the first time in the organization’s history that the annual gathering went forward as an online event, with attendees participating remotely.
Florence Avakian reports on this week’s special service at St. Vartan Cathedral, which projected hope in a time of affliction.