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His Holiness Karekin II Celebrates Hrashapar Service at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
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      From: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) Communications
      Department [mailto:publicrelations@...]
      Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 3:12 PM
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      Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY - His Holiness Karekin II Celebrates Hrashapar
      Service at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral








      Pontifical Visit Media Advisory



      His Holiness Karekin II

      Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians



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      Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)



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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      5 October 2007





      Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II Celebrates
      Hrashapar Service



      New York, N.Y. - His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos
      of All Armenians, was present at a special Hrashapar Service at St. Vartan
      Armenian Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. last night. The Hrashapar Service is one
      that is traditionally celebrated by the Church involved in the arrival of
      the Catholicos. This service has two meanings: one of welcome and also, on
      the part of the Catholicos, a service of Thanksgiving for having reached his
      destination safely and an acknowledgement of the honor being bestowed upon
      him.



      Children in traditional Armenian dress, seminarians from St. Nersess
      Armenian Seminary (www.stnersess.edu) and hierarchs from other
      denominations, including the Antiochian Orthodox, Coptic, Episcopal, Greek
      Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox and
      Syrian Orthodox Churches, as well as leaders of the National Council of
      Churches of Christ and the clergy of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of
      America (Eastern) welcomed His Holiness Karekin II, who entered under the
      ornate Catholical canopy carried by four members of the Board of Trustees of
      the Diocese.



      When the faithful arrived at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, His Holiness
      Karekin II was greeted by children with bread and salt; and blessed the two
      and then dipped the bread in the salt, taking a bite as a symbol of
      thanksgiving for the parish welcoming him. Bread and salt are life-giving
      elements symbolizing humanity's essential needs, echoing the Gospel story in
      which Jesus identifies Himself as the bread of life and humanity as the salt
      of the earth. The blessing recited by His Holiness Karekin II is a plea to
      God to achieve meaning in life and to thank Him for His mercies. The service
      itself is brief and consists of the singing of the Hymn of Pontifical
      significance and the recitation of an appropriate Psalm.



      His Eminence welcomed His Holiness and spoke of the honor to have His
      Holiness present in the Eastern Diocese and spoke about the theme of this
      Pontifical Visit: A Pastoral Journey - Bringing Faith Home. The Catholicos
      is encouraging Armenian Christians to strengthen their identity through his
      Pontifical Visit to the Eastern Diocese, gracing his parishioners with his
      leadership and spirituality. His Holiness Karekin II spoke to the assembled
      crowd of more than 1,500 worshippers, encouraging Armenian Christians to
      have hope in themselves and in their Church. He also shared his gratitude
      towards the Diocese and his flock.



      The Service was followed by an informal reception at 8:30 p.m. which was
      open to the public, free of charge and will take place at the Diocesan
      Center's Kavookjian Hall.



      For more information on the Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Karekin II,
      including supplemental media advisories and background papers, please visit:
      www.pontificalvisit.org



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