SUPREME SPIRITUAL COUNCIL CONVENES IN HOLY ECMIADZIN
On September 25, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme
Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the Supreme Spiritual Council
convened in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin for a regular session.
Following the opening prayer, a special prayer was offered for the peaceful
resting of the soul of Archbishop Gevork Seraydarian, former Primate of
Georgia, who entered his eternal rest on September 11.
A series of organizational issues were discussed during the one-day meeting.
The most important item on the agenda was the upcoming celebrations dedicated
to the 1,700th Anniversary of the founding and consecration of the Cathedral of
The jubilee year of 2003 will be welcomed as a prime opportunity for spiritual
renewal. In order to properly commemorate this important milestone, a
preparatory committee was established and directed to plan the events. His
Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Eastern Diocese of the United
States was named as Chairman of the committee
The Supreme Spiritual Council also focused on recent developments surrounding
the Baron Der property of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and highly
valued the contribution and efforts of the Mother See and the dioceses towards
a positive resolution.
The members were informed that the ongoing discussions with the Israeli
government had reached a positive conclusion, and the agreement documents were
in the process of being finalized.
Also discussed during the meeting was the progress of the Constitution of the
Armenian Church, the planning for the Synod of Bishops, as well as other issues
facing the Church. Focusing on the role of the Armenian Church in the
strengthening and re-building of the motherland, the Supreme Spiritual Council
gave special emphasis to the necessity for the Mother Church and all of her
diocesan structures to assist and participate in the activities of the "All
Armenia Fund". The Council also expressed their satisfaction with the agreement
signed between the Armenian Church and the Government of the Republic of
Armenia, which provides that Armenian Church History be taught in all public
schools of the country.
The members were informed of the upcoming visit of the head of the Assyrian
Orthodox Church to Armenia. His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas I, Patriarch
of Antioch and the East will arrive in Holy Etchmiadzin in October. Also
discussed was His Holiness Karekin II's planned Pontifical Visit to Australia
His Holiness informed the Council that the Very Rev. Fr. Vazgen Mirzakhanian
will commence with his duties as Primate of the Diocese of Georgia beginning in
October. His Holiness has also accepted the resignation of His Grace Bishop
Daron Jerejian as Vicar to the Pontifical Legate of Western Europe.
At the conclusion of the session, it was decided to convene the expanded
Supreme Spiritual Council meeting at the end of October.