His Beatitude Mesrob II, Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul and all Turkey, will lead a pilgrimage to Ceasarea (Cappadocia), where the patron saint of the Armenians, Gregory the Illuminator, was ordained the first bishop (catholicos) of the present hierarchy of the Armenian Church in the 4th century.
The March 23-25 pilgrimage is part of the Armenian Patriarchate’s year-long programs celebrating the 1700th anniversary of Armenian Christianity.
His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, will participate in the Jubilee celebrations of the Armenian Church and will attend an ecumenical service on March 31 at the Armenian Patriarchal Church of the Holy Mother-of-God
The two Patriarchs met on January 19 at the Greek Patriarchate in Fener.
SCHEDULE OF OTHER PILGRIMAGES
Jubilee Pilgrimages to sacred sites for the Armenian Church will take place throughout the year, led by the Patriarch:
A pilgrimage to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin and adjacent holy sites
A second pilgrimage to Ceasarea, Cappadocia
Pilgrimage to Iskenderun, Antioch, and Vakifli village in Musa Dagh
Pilgrimage to Ani, Akhtamar, Aradzani
Pilgrimage to Hromkla, once the site of the Armenian Catholicosate