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A Relic of St. Vartan the Brave Arrives in New York

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    A Relic of St. Vartan the Brave Arrives in New York From: Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America via email This week, New York became the permanent
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      A Relic of St. Vartan the Brave Arrives in New York
      From:
      Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America via email
      This week, New York became the permanent home to a unique piece of
      Armenia’s sacred history: a holy relic of St. Vartan the Brave.

      The relic is the gracious gift of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme
      Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, given to the Eastern
      Diocese in honor of the 45th anniversary of New York’s St. Vartan
      Armenian Cathedral. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
      accepted the relic on behalf of the Diocese during his recent trip to
      the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

      The 1,500-year-old relic—a piece of stone encrusted with the blood of
      Armenia’s 5th-century warrior saint—is encased in a beautiful,
      hand-crafted silver cross, which was sanctified in a special ceremony
      at the Holy See in late August.

      In its cross-shaped reliquary, the relic of St. Vartan will be
      unveiled to the public on Sunday, September 15, as part of the
      official celebration of the 45th anniversary of St. Vartan Cathedral.
      Archbishop Barsamian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the
      cathedral sanctuary, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The badarak will conclude
      with a hokehankisd (requiem) service for the souls of the departed
      cathedral godfathers and cathedral project committee members.

      Following the services, a luncheon and program will be held in Haik
      and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium—to which the public is cordially
      invited. Click on link below to view a flyer with information on the
      September 15 event.

      http://armenianchurch.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5&id=82cd6cd0d0&e=f2b35468a0

      If you live in the New York region or are planning to visit this
      weekend, please join us for this splendid occasion.
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