A Relic of St. Vartan the Brave Arrives in New York
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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.
If you live in the New York region or are planning to visit this
weekend, please join us for this splendid occasion.