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Requiem Service in Memory of Victims of the Armenian Genocide

On the morning of 27 September, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, visited the National Memorial to the Armenian Genocide, located on Tsitsernakaberd Hill in Yerevan.
His Holiness was accompanied by Church leaders and representatives who had travelled to Armenia to witness the Blessing of the Holy Muron. Attending the memorial service were: His Eminence, Metropolitan Valentine of the Diocese of Orenburg and Buzuluk, of the Russian Orthodox Church; Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, who led the delegation for the Roman Catholic Church; His Grace Bishop Benjamin of Menoufeya from the Coptic Orthodox Church; His Eminence Metropolitan Mor Eustathius Matta Roham of Jazirah and Euphrates of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East; His Grace H.G. Dr. Thomas Mar Athanasios, Metropolitan of the Chengannur Diocese who led the delegation of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India; The Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe of the Anglican Church, His Excellency Mgr. Vartan Ashkarian, General Representative of the Patriarchal Eparchy of the Armenian Catholic Church; Very Reverend Father Yeghia Kilaghbian, Abbot of the Armenian Mkhitarist Congregation of San Lazzaro; as well as representeatives from the World Council of Churches, and the organization "World Conference of Religions for Peace".

His Holiness presided over a memorial service for the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Prior to the start of the service, a wreath was laid at the memorial. During the service the members of Sister Churches offered prayers to God in their own languages for the victims of the Genocide. Clergymen from Armenian Dioceses, benefactors, and pilgrims took part in the memorial service. Following the service, members of the delegations visited the Genocide Museum.


Blessing of the Holy Muron- Snaps- Gallery 2

On 26 September, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians presided over the opening ceremony of the new "Shoghakat" TV Studios. The new building was renovated through the generosity of the national benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Vatche and Tamar Manoukian.

Reverend Father Vahram Melikyan, Director of the Information Services Department of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin welcomed the guests and delivered opening remarks. Father Vahram reflected on the history of "Shoghakat" TV, its goals and future plans. He also noted that the spiritual programs of "Shoghakat" had already gained great popularity among the citizens of Armenia and stressed the importance of the use of modern communications in accomplishing the educational mission of the Armenian Church.

His Holiness presided over a blessing ceremony for the official opening of the new building, and then addressed those present. His Holiness expressed his appreciation to Mr. Tigran Sargsian, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, for his assistance in obtaining the building, to the benefactors, Mr. and Mrs. Vatche and Tamar Manoukian, to the builders, and finally to the staff hoping that every family would always look forward to the programs of "Shoghakat" TV.

"I can state with happiness that for the past 10 years, "Shogakat" TV has made an important contribution to the Christian education of our children, and the strengthening of our spiritual, national and cultural life for. The programs on "Shogakat" TV Studio are also broadcast to the Diaspora through the Armenian Public Television (Channel 1)

Over the years, the staff of "Shoghakat" TV has revealed and presented the history, traditions, feasts and the mysteries of the Armenian Apostolic Church, as well as our spiritual culture and national values. "Shoghakat" TV plays an important role in strengthening our true beliefs in the hearts of the Armenian faithful as well as providing spiritual knowledge. The work of "Shoghakat" TV has become more important at a time when our Church needs to reach a greater number of people", mentioned His Holiness.

Mr. Vatche Manoukian also addressed the audience stressing the importance of spiritual and religious education for the Armenian Church and every Armenian. He hoped that with the blessing of His Holiness the programs of "Shoghakat" TV will be broadcast via satellite by next year, giving the opportunity for every Diasporan Armenian to know of the events taking place in the Armenian Church and in our country. Mr. Manoukian stressed that Christian education is important for our younger generation, and stated that he and his family are happy to assist "Shoghakat" TV operating under the patronage of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Following the remarks, Prime Minister Sargsian and Mr. Vatche Manoukian cut a red ribbon at the entrance and led the crowd into the new building.

High ranking government officials, city authorities, Members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See, members of the Supreme Spiritual Council, Mr Berge Setrakian, President of AGBU, national benefactors, representatives of Sister Churches and many guests participated in the ceremony.


Blessing of the Holy Muron - Arrangement Snaps


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