On Sunday, June 7, the Armenian Church will celebrate the Feast of the Catholic Church of Holy Etchmiadzin (canonically known as Don Sourp Etchmiadzini Gatoghiguh Yegeghetzin). The cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was built in A.D. 303, after St. Gregory the Illuminator had a vision in which Christ struck the ground with a golden hammer and instructed Gregory to erect a church on the site.
The feast day commemorates the founding of the Universal Church (the idea that there was one church, founded by Jesus Christ and spread by the Apostles) and St. Gregory’s vision. It follows the Feast of St. Gregory the Enlightener (his deliverance from the pit), which will be observed on Saturday, June 6.
On Sunday, all parishes in the Eastern Diocese will conduct the “Order of Special Prayer for the Catholicos and on the Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin.” Click here to download the special prayer. http://gallery.mailchimp.com/727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5/files/SpecialPrayerforCatholicos.PDF
To learn more about the work of Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia, click here to view the recent short video http://easterndiocese.smugmug.com/ArmenianChurchAroundtheWorld/Projects-of-Holy-Etchmiadzin/
produced by the Mother See. Also available online is the documentary film produced by the Eastern Diocese, “Everyone Prays at Holy Etchmiadzin.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekJgxfopCsY&feature=youtu.be
Click here to read a blog post about the Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin. http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/wpblog/2015/06/a-season-of-beginnings/