24 September 2013
Holy Synod of the Holy Armenian Orthodox Church started at Gevorkian Seminary Events Auditorium of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
On September 24, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, presided over the opening of the Bishop’s Synod of the Armenian Church. Present at the meeting were 62 Archbishops and Bishops from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Great House of Cilicia
(Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and His Holiness Catholicos of Cilicia Aram II together conducting the canonical prayer along with other bishops on Monday night on 23 September at Echmiadzin Cathedral before the start of Holy Synod.)
(Holy Synod members of Holy Armenian Orthodox Church with Catholicos of All Armenians His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Catholicos of Cilicia Aram II and President of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Serzh Sargsyan at Gevorkian Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on 23 September 2013.)
The first agenda item for the Synod is review of the committee work completed on canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. The Study for Sainthood Committee worked on the issue of on canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and was chaired by Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan, Primate of the Diocese of Tavush.
The Bishops have held a question and answer session and are now in open discussion after hearing the report on the canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
(The discussion for Day II of the Bishops’ Synod is the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. A committee appointed by the Armenian Church has been working for several years on a uniform service, based on the historical texts, and the Mashtots ritual books. The discussion today will focus on the research done on the original versions).
(His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhannisyan presents the final draft of the Sacrament of Baptism).
(The discussion on the Sacrament of Baptism continues on Day III of the Bishops’ Synod. The discussion today will focus on canonical and moral issues on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism)
(The Synod members are raising additional canonical and moral questions on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism)
(Close of the Holy Synod of Holy Armenian orthodox Church at Mother See Of Holy Etchmiadzin, 27 September 2013.)