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« on: October 04, 2007, 05:49:24 AM »

EASTERN DIOCESE TO BROADCAST VIDEO CONTENT VIA WEBSITE

3 October 2007

New York - Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) is pleased to announce that the Diocese has received a generous gift from the United Armenian Charities. The grant was given specifically to make possible web casting throughout the
Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).

Web casting, a system by which videos are shown on computer screens over the internet, making them essentially "televisions" on which recorded programs can be seen, is an increasingly important tool through which to keep in touch with events as they happen. Over the past few years, web casting has
moved beyond entertainment and has emerged as a powerful and effective tool by which churches, corporations and other organizations provide programming worldwide where television and/or satellite broadcasting costs would otherwise be prohibitive.

Beginning on Friday afternoon, October 5th, regular video programming can be seen daily on the official Pontifical Visit web site: http://www.pontificalvisit.org/ .
Armenian-Americans in the Diocese, across the United States and throughout the world, as well as the ecumenical and interfaith friends of the Armenian Church, can take part in the Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians by following liturgies, programs and activities as His Holiness travels throughout the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). His Holiness Karekin II will be visiting 18 different cities in 14 states throughout the Eastern United States between October 4th and November 3rd, 2007.

The use of state-of-the-art technology to reach the masses is nothing new to the Catholicoi of the Armenian Church. His Holiness Catholicos Mgrditch Khrimian, of blessed memory, used an early version of Thomas Edison's wax cylinder gramophones 100 years ago to record a message of peace, love and
greetings to his flock. Today, His Holiness Karekin II and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin employ a church-administered television studio to reach Armenian Christians throughout the world.

His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), noting the importance of this new medium said, "Taking part in a Pontifical Divine Liturgy, Hrashapar service, or being personally blessed by His Holiness is a great experience and an
honor. For those in mission parishes across the Americas or the world, who don't have the ability to take part in person, participating in the Pontifical Visit by watching on the internet can help renew one's sense of belonging in the larger community and the Church."

One can take part in the liturgies and activities of His Holiness Karekin II in the U.S. from all over the world, via a dial-up or high-speed/DSL service. Additionally, video content will stay on the server so that people can view it on-demand.

His Eminence Khajag Barsamian went on to explain, "Every day people will be able to watch new videos of the Pontifical Visit - up to 1,000 persons at any moment can watch without the video slowing down. Technology and knowledge are gifts of God. Using them to bring people closer to the Church
is fitting."

Please log on to our website  http://www.pontificalvisit.org/ to keep up to date with His Holiness'
Pontifical Visit.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 07:10:33 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 08:06:06 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2007, 10:19:47 AM »

Great to see it's online but could somebody please clarify whether the "Armenian Church of America (Eastern)" is EO or OO?

Does "(Eastern)" in the title mean the eastern part of the US?
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The Armenian Church is nonChalcedonian. The eastern qualifier refers to the diocese in question.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 11:16:40 PM »

From: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) Communications
Department [mailto:publicrelations@armeniandiocese.org]
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 3:12 PM
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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