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« on: May 03, 2008, 06:00:03 AM »

In Ethiopia we call her St. Arsema. Armenians call her St. Hripsime. She is not actually Armenian by birth but was martyred by King Tiridates of Armenia. We call the king as Dirtades. In Ethiopia, St. Arsema is currently being highly popular than ever because of the miracles seen at the churches consecrated in her name. The number of churches built in her name is also increasing. And in almost any spiritual book shop in Ethiopia one can find “Gadla Kidist Arsema” i.e., the book of the life of St. Arsema. I myself love this saint very much and consider her as one of my matron saints. I hope she will, one day, allow me visit her church in Armenia where her remains are kept.

Now my questions:

1. How is St. Arsema revered in Armenia? Do the faithful consider her as their matron saint? Is there a seasonal or annual pilgrimage to her church? How many churches in Armenia are named by St. Arsema?

2. Where can I find her icon? Unfortunately, most of the icons distributed in Ethiopia, in the name of St. Arsema are mistakenly the icons of St. Barbara. The name of St. Barbara is written on the icons in Greek. Nobody reads Greek and therefore people buy St. Barbara’s icon and revere it as St. Arsema.

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008, 11:51:07 AM »

http://www.pbase.com/travelfreak228/image/69764345

Above is a photo of the reliquary holding her relics in Armenia.  The Church dedicated to her in Armenia is quite ancient, I think going back to the seventh century.  I don't know the details of pilgrimmages that take place there.

She is historically a very popular saint.  However, where I live in the U.S. not a lot of people venerate her anymore.  I don't know of any churches named after her in the U.S.  I hope that changes, though.  I am going to spread the word of the miracles in Ethiopia.

There is a famous icon of her painted in the 1700's by an iconographer named Hovnadanian.  I am going to try to find it for you.  It shows her actually stepping on King Tiridates ("Drtad" in Armenian.)

The Coptic Church actually made a video about her.  It was in Arabic with English subtitles and it was pretty good.  They call her St. Arapsima.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008, 12:19:17 PM »

The Greek Orthodox Church also venerates St. Hripsime. She is called "St. Ripsimia" in Greek, and her feast is September 30th where she is commemorated with her Companion Virgin Martyrs.

Tere is a famous icon of her painted in the 1700's by an iconographer named Hovnadanian.  I am going to try to find it for you.  It shows her actually stepping on King Tiridates ("Drtad" in Armenian.)
Is this the one you mean?

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008, 03:07:00 PM »

That's it!  Thank you.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2008, 08:29:53 AM »

Thank you for finding me St. Arsema's icon. It is a beautiful icon that depicts all the major events in her life. I wish I get more information on how the Armenian people venerate her locally.

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008, 11:43:49 PM »

All I can say is that I think her feast day is the Monday after Pentecost.  Consequently, the day moves around on the calendar from year to year.  A lot of saint days are like that.  There is probably some significance to her feast day being the day after Pentecost, but I don't really know.  I also don't know how her feast day is celebrated in Armenia.  Like I said, here in the U.S. she isn't venerated as much as she should be by the Armenians.  It's kind of sad.   Sad
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008, 06:56:42 AM »

All I can say is that I think her feast day is the Monday after Pentecost.
I think I can see why this might possibly be the case. Keep in mind that this is just my speculation.  My greek life of St. Ripsimia says that following her martyrdom, St. Gregory the Illuminator of the Armenians ordered the tyrant King Tiridates to venerate the relics of the Virgin Martyr, and consequently he repented and was baptized along with his household- which led to the baptism of the Armenians. St. Gregory the Illuminator subsequently founded the Cathedral dedicated to the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Echmiadzin. Since St. Hripsime (Ripsimia) played a vital role in the the Enlightening of the Armenians, it would make sense that her feast day would be closely associated with the Feast Day of the first Cathedral in Armenia. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2008, 05:58:38 AM »

Oh! Armenia,
If thou hast known how much St. Arsema loves you;
If thou has known her supplications to Jesus for you;
If only thou hast known.....
You would have cried out of joy!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008, 04:47:52 PM »

I found a short prayer to St. Hripsime, along with its English translation:

Hripsime,
great mystery and a charming name,
chosen on earth yet ranked with the angels,
you became the role model of holiness
as an advisor and teacher for the virgins and righteous people.
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2008, 04:29:59 AM »

In Ethiopia, St. Arsema is currently being highly popular than ever because of the miracles seen at the churches consecrated in her name.

Hiywot,

Can you give us some specific examples of recent miracles that have taken place in Ethiopia through St. Hripsime's intercession?  Are people being healed?  I want to tell people over here about what is happening in Ethiopia, but it would help to have actual details.  This is kind of exciting.  Maybe this will help bring the Armenians where I live back to actively venerating her.

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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2008, 11:31:09 AM »

Salpy,

Yes. Please do not hesitate to try to bring your people back to actively venerating her. I assure you they will not regret doing that. But why only in America? Don’t you have any connections back home? I think we should establish sort of movement in Armenia as well. Her magnificent shrine in Armenia should not be limited to collecting tourist money. She is alive there! She is waiting for our intervention!

The miracles being witnessed here, in Ethiopia, are so many. I can categorize them into three.

I. Many are healed from spiritual illnesses, mainly from possession by evil spirits.

II. Many also are healed from physical illnesses.

II. She is appearing to the faithful. There are a lot of stories of her appearances. For example, I have first hand information of her appearance to a person who, later on, decided to give his land for free to a church to be built after her name. 

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2008, 01:18:38 AM »

One of our Armenian members, Ghazar, e-mailed to me some hymns about St. Hripsime.  He's so much better than I am at finding these things.  I'm not that good at using the "Sharagnots," which is this big book filled with all the liturgical hymns of the Church.

Patrum:  Mode 8

Today the Holy Church celebrates the memory of the invincible Saint
Hripsimeh
With the bodiless hosts blessing of the Lord God of our fathers.

Today Saint Hripsimeh was called into the Kingdom of Heaven
For in combat with the tyrant she courageously conquered him.
Confessing Christ the King, the Lord God of our fathers.

Today there shines in radiant mansions Saint Hripsimeh,
Who taught us who celebrate in the north
To glorify the Holy Trinity, the Lord God of our fathers.

The Lord.
Bless Christ the King with new songs of blessing.

With new songs of praise, praise Christ the King
Who adorned Saints Hripsimeh and Gayanah with a resplendent crown.

With new songs of praise, praise Christ the King,
By the rosey blood which they shed
They renewed us who had been taught by Saint Gregory.

Miserere:
Christ God
You opened to Saint Hripsimeh the door of faith
To confess Your divinity by martyrdom among the Armenians.

She, clad in victory, shines in radiant mansions
And with the hosts of the bodiless, confesses Christ the King.

Receive us also who have assembled here, O Savior
Through the intercession of the holy virgin companions of Hripsimeh
Into sonship
And write us down in the book of life.

-from the Sharagnots

St. Hripsimeh:  PRAY FOR US



Thank you, Ghazar!

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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2008, 01:22:42 PM »

All I can say is that I think her feast day is the Monday after Pentecost.  Consequently, the day moves around on the calendar from year to year.  A lot of saint days are like that.  There is probably some significance to her feast day being the day after Pentecost, but I don't really know.  I also don't know how her feast day is celebrated in Armenia.  Like I said, here in the U.S. she isn't venerated as much as she should be by the Armenians.  It's kind of sad.   Sad

I just discovered I made a mistake.  Her feast day is the second Monday after Pentecost.  In other words, it's not the day after Pentecost (which is always a Sunday,) but a week later.  Oops!    Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2008, 05:00:30 AM »

Hi,

Please give me a Historical and as well as a religious background about the Armenian Saint?

Appreciate the assistance.

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2008, 09:47:02 AM »

Hi,

Please give me a Historical and as well as a religious background about the Armenian Saint?

Appreciate the assistance.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsime
(I know its wiki, but the article is good.  I studied Armenian history at the University of Chicago).
Her story is in the History of Agathangelos of St. Gregory the Illuminator (an ancient Armenian classic), beginning with part 2.
http://www.vehi.net/istoriya/armenia/agathangelos/en/AGATHANGELOS.html

If I recall, the Kebra Negast, Ethiopia's national epic (the emperor pleaded with the British Museum in the 19th century to return the copy it had captured: he said he could not rule without it), starts out with St. Gregory in the pit from which he is brought by the king to undo the evil by the martyrdom of Rhipsime and her companions.

I like the theme of this thread: an Armenian saint venerated in Ethiopia.  The links in the wikipedia article are from the OCA, Greeks and Antiocheans.  So much for the idea that the Orthodox are not one communion, but a bunch of squabbling national Churches!
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2008, 12:56:54 PM »

The story I grew up hearing was more like the one in Agathangelos, which is ialmisry's second link.  The wikipedia article dates her death at 290.  I always heard it was more around 301, as Armenia was declared a Christian nation by King Drtad not too long after her death and his conversion by St. Gregory.
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2008, 01:11:03 PM »

By the way, ialmisry, thanks for the link to Agathangelos.  I didn't know they had that on the internet.  Wow!
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« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2008, 09:55:05 AM »

Today, in Ethiopia, we celebrate the annual holiday of martyrdom of St. Arsema. That is Mekerem 29 (Oct. 9). According to our synaxarium St. Arsema's martyrdom is on this day. This is the same as the coptic Tute 29. The coptic synaxarium says "St. Arbsima the virgin and her virgin sisters are martyred on Tute 29".

In remebrance of her feast day, I decided to translet and post here one stanza, from the prayer book of St. Arsema known as "Malke'a Arsema". The prayer is made up of poems of about 49 stanzas.


Hail to thee, Arsema, saint, beauty of the sun
chosen by the Lord Adonai
for suffering and martyrdom

Hail to thee, Arsema, daughter of pillar
come to me with thy martyr sisters
and protect me from the eyes of all evil


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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2008, 07:36:04 PM »

Some posts dealing with the end-times were split off and put here:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,17817.new.html#new
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2008, 07:43:44 PM »

Today, in Ethiopia, we celebrate the annual holiday of martyrdom of St. Arsema. That is Mekerem 29 (Oct. 9). According to our synaxarium St. Arsema's martyrdom is on this day. This is the same as the coptic Tute 29. The coptic synaxarium says "St. Arbsima the virgin and her virgin sisters are martyred on Tute 29".

In remebrance of her feast day, I decided to translet and post here one stanza, from the prayer book of St. Arsema known as "Malke'a Arsema". The prayer is made up of poems of about 49 stanzas.


Hail to thee, Arsema, saint, beauty of the sun
chosen by the Lord Adonai
for suffering and martyrdom

Hail to thee, Arsema, daughter of pillar
come to me with thy martyr sisters
and protect me from the eyes of all evil


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This is wonderful!  Just last night at my church, our archbishop consecrated some new icons we received from Armenia.  One of the icons is of St. Hripsime and her companions.  He used some of the Muron that was recently blessed in Etchmiadzin.  ( http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,17398.0.html )

Who would have thought that this was happening on the feast day of St. Hripsime in Ethiopia!  In situations like this, I don't believe in coincidences.  Please pray that the veneration of this holy saint is renewed among the Armenian people.   Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2008, 11:20:54 AM »

Salpy, even though I don't know your position in your church, I feel that you can start it right there by arranging special church programs every month on her day. In Ethiopia, we remeber a saint every month on the day that corresponds to the annual feast day. That means on the 29th of every month the church remebers St. Arsema. If you start doing this in your church, then other Armenian churches will follow your example. That is how it can spread. But I don't know whether life in the States could make it that simple for your people to gather every month in the name this Great Saint.

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« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2008, 01:47:46 AM »

http://66.208.37.78/index.jsp?sid=3&nid=1160&y=2008&m=9&d=21

This is nice.  An Armenian Church named after St. Hripsimeh was just consecrated in Russia:




His Holiness Karekin II consecrates newly built St. Hripsime Armenian Church of Barnaul
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services Oct 21, 2008 4:45 AM 

On October 18, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians visited the city of Barnaul, in the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhijevan for the consecration of the newly built St. Hripsimeh Armenian Church.

His Holiness was escorted by His Grace Bishop Yezras Nersissian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhijevan; His Grace Bishop Arakel Karamian, Primate of the Diocese of Kotayk; His Grace Bishop Anushavan Zhamkochyan, Dean of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral in Yerevan; His Grace Bishop Markos Hovhannisian, Primate of the Diocese of Gegharkouniatz; Reverend Father Hovnan Hakobyan, Staff-Bearer to His Holiness Karekin II; Reverend Father Mushegh Babaian, member of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin; Reverend Father Vardan Navasardian, Director of the Christian Education Department for the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin; and Reverend Father Vahram Melikyan, Director of Information Services in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.


His Holiness was greeted with the traditional bread and salt, by local clergy; representatives of the local government led by Vladimir Kalganov, Mayor of Barnaul and Boris Larin, Vice-governer of the Altai region; and representatives of the Armenian community.


In the morning of October 19, the Pontiff of All Armenians met with Alexander Karlin, Altai Territorial Governor and Mayor Kulganov. His Holiness expressed his gratitude to the Russian Federation for the kind treatment and respect shown towards the Armenian Apostolic Church, and reflected on the challenges facing the city and the region.


In the afternoon His Holiness traveled to the newly built St. Hripsimeh Armenian Church for the service of consecration. The Church was built through the generosity of brothers Mkhitar and Yura Aroyan. The architect was Hakob Babakhanian.


In 2001 Bishop Yezras, then Acting Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhijevan, blessed the foundation of the Church and in November 2006 His Grace blessed the crosses of the church. Today roughly 30,000 Armenians live in Barnaul and its suburbs.


In front of the church thousands of Armenians led by Mr. Arthur Chilingarov, Chairman of the Diocesan Council, Mayor Kalganov, representatives of regional authorities as well as His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Russian Orthodox Church of Barnaul and Altai welcomed His Holiness with much enthusiasm. Armenians from the communities of Moscow, Tomsk, Novokuznetsk and Kemerovo were also in attendance to greet the Catholicos of All Armenians.


During the divine ceremony under the singing of psalms the Altar table, columns and basin were washed with water and wine. With Holy Chrism (Muron), His Holiness consecrated the Holy Altar and the Altar columns named after the four evangelists. His Grace Bishop Yezras consecrated the Holy Basin, and His Grace Bishop Arakel, His Grace Bishop Anushavan and His Grace Bishop Markos consecrated the remaining 10 columns of the Church.


Following the consecration, Bishop Yezras read the Encyclicals of His Holiness according to which the benefactors of the St. Hripsimeh Church were awarded the Medals of "St. Gregory the Illuminator".


In his remarks, Bishop Yezras reflected on the construction works and activities of the Armenian community, stressing that Armenians living far from the homeland live with love and devotion in their hearts and souls for the Mother See and Armenia.


His Grace also expressed his gratitude to His Holiness for visiting Barnaul and consecrating the newly built church.


His Holiness addressed his words of pontifical blessing and congratulations to the faithful, hoping that it would fill Armenian families with blessings and unite them around the Armenian Church.


His Holiness once more expressed His appreciation to the regional authorities, benefactors and the architect for their goodwill and assistance to support the newly built church. He also thanked the Primate and clergy of the Diocese for their continued spiritual work.


In his remarks, His Holiness stated, "This Church and this day are God’s gift to us because we were a faithful nation of God. Wherever life and its conditions have led us we have not forgotten God, we have kept our oath with God and our hearth. We have built our Churches because we knew that the eternity of our lives depended on our devotion and love to God. Thanks to this, our nation has lived and survived for over 1700 years. Glory to God that the offspring of our nation possess the faith of God, like a rock onto which the Holy Church of Christ is built."


Dear faithful, this Church is a testament to your strong faith. If you and our benefactors did not posses this deep conviction we would have never see this Holy Church in far away Barnaul".


The Catholicos of All Armenians presented a Communion Chalice brought from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the newly consecrated Church.


At the conclusion of the service His Holiness planted a fir tree in the Church courtyard, and blessed and distributed small crosses brought from the Mother See to the faithful.


In the evening there was a concert in honor of the occasion with participation of performance groups from Armenia.


On October 20 His Holiness and entourage returned to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
 
 

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« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2009, 09:44:43 PM »

Today, in the Armenian Church, is the feast day of St. Hripsimeh.

Happy St. Hripsimeh day, everyone!   Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2009, 09:57:55 PM »

An Armenian Orthodox friend of mine sent me an audio file of an Armenian glorification to St Hripsimeh that was written by a 10th century Armenian Saint. I will upload it to my website once I get the words translated. I will provide a link to it for downloading at that time also.
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2009, 10:03:08 PM »

You're the coolest, EA.   Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2009, 10:55:54 PM »

I would've settled for just 'cool' hehe but thanks.
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« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2009, 12:17:21 AM »

News from Etchmiadzin, about the celebration of St. Hripsimeh's feast day yesterday:

http://www.etchmiadzin.com/

Feast of Saint Hripsime and Her Companions celebrated in the Armenian Church
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services Jun 9, 2009 5:22 AM 


On June 8, the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church commemorated the sacred feast dedicated to the everlasting memory of the martyrs St. Hripsime and her companions.

On the occasion of the feast, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, removed the sacred relics of the nun from the museum of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.  An ecclesiastical procession, with members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, children from the Youth Centers and the faithful, walked through the streets of Vagharshapat from the Mother See to the Monastery of Saint Hripsime.  Led by the drum band of the AGBU Armenian Church Youth Centers, the Holy Right Hand relic was carried by His Grace Bishop Ararat Kaltakjian, Grant Sacristan of Holy Etchmiadzin, who blessed the crowds along the procession.

Upon reaching the monastery, Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Matteos Poghosyan, Abbot of the Monastery of St. Hripsime. During the Liturgy, Father Matteos delivered a sermon on the history of the martyrdom of St. Hripsime and her companion nuns and the significance and mystery of those events in the establishment of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia.

During and after the Divine Liturgy, pilgrims who had traveled from different regions of Armenia had an opportunity to kiss and be blessed by the relics of the nun.


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« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2009, 12:21:51 AM »

Some pictures from the above:







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« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2009, 07:23:44 AM »

An Armenian Orthodox friend of mine sent me an audio file of an Armenian glorification to St Hripsimeh that was written by a 10th century Armenian Saint. I will upload it to my website once I get the words translated. I will provide a link to it for downloading at that time also.

Just a slight correction to the above: the song was written by a 7th century Armenian Saint: Catholicos Komitas. We're currently trying to sort out copyright issues. If we are not able to post the original file, hopefully we can manage to pursue a recording of our own--most likely in english according to the given translation.
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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2009, 10:48:11 AM »

Feast of Saint Hripsime and Her Companions celebrated in the Armenian Church
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services Jun 9, 2009 5:22 AM 


On June 8, the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church commemorated the sacred feast dedicated to the everlasting memory of the martyrs St. Hripsime and her companions.

On the occasion of the feast, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, removed the sacred relics of the nun from the museum of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.  An ecclesiastical procession, with members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, children from the Youth Centers and the faithful, walked through the streets of Vagharshapat from the Mother See to the Monastery of Saint Hripsime.  Led by the drum band of the AGBU Armenian Church Youth Centers, the Holy Right Hand relic was carried by His Grace Bishop Ararat Kaltakjian, Grant Sacristan of Holy Etchmiadzin, who blessed the crowds along the procession.

Upon reaching the monastery, Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Matteos Poghosyan, Abbot of the Monastery of St. Hripsime. During the Liturgy, Father Matteos delivered a sermon on the history of the martyrdom of St. Hripsime and her companion nuns and the significance and mystery of those events in the establishment of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia.

During and after the Divine Liturgy, pilgrims who had traveled from different regions of Armenia had an opportunity to kiss and be blessed by the relics of the nun.

I am happy to hear this. It is good to know that there is an annual pilgrimage to her sacred shrine at Etchmiadzin. I also long to hear the news of tens of thousands of pilgrims from Armenia and other countries flocking there every year. She is still waiting for more intervention by her beloved children.

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« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2009, 01:22:59 AM »

Here is a video of the inside of St. Hripsime church, in Armenia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4-ZO0KG2b4&feature=channel_page


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« Reply #31 on: June 22, 2009, 04:39:33 AM »

The summary of the life of St. Arsema (Hripsime) written on the Ethiopian Synaxarium (Meskerem 29 or October 9) could be read on this link.

http://www.stmichaeleoc.org/Synaxarium/Meskerem_29.htm

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« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2009, 09:30:05 PM »

The hymn for St. Hripsime that EA promised in reply 23, is on his website and can be found here:

http://erkohet.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76%3Adownloads&Itemid=1#Andzing

Thanks, EA.   Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: July 04, 2009, 01:05:43 AM »

saint Arsema(Hripsime), I need your help so much.I need you now.....
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« Reply #34 on: July 04, 2009, 01:22:27 AM »

Welcome to the forum, Makeda.   Smiley

May God hear your prayers, and the prayers of our intercessor, St. Hripsime!  May St. Hripsime intercede for us all.
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« Reply #35 on: August 22, 2009, 01:19:52 AM »

I found the following video on youtube, and our brother Hiywot confirmed for me that it is a song about St. Arsema (Hripsime,) praising her and mentioning the miracles that are happening through her intercession:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1GoKRjyjCo

The video dramatizes a miraculous healing that occurred through her intercession.  In the video you can see icons of the saint, as well as a church named for her by Lake Tana in Ethiopia.  The church is a site of the saint's holy water, through which many are healed, and which we also see used in the video.

Thank you Hiywot, for the information.   Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2009, 08:58:43 AM »

I found the following video on youtube, and our brother Hiywot confirmed for me that it is a song about St. Arsema (Hripsime,) praising her and mentioning the miracles that are happening through her intercession:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1GoKRjyjCo

The video dramatizes a miraculous healing that occurred through her intercession.  In the video you can see icons of the saint, as well as a church named for her by Lake Tana in Ethiopia.  The church is a site of the saint's holy water, through which many are healed, and which we also see used in the video.

Thank you Hiywot, for the information.   Smiley

To remember Mekerem 29 (October 9) of this year, which is the annual feast day of St. Arsema (Rhipsime), I have translated the lyrics of the song which was posted above by our brother Salpy. Thank you Salpy for posting this beautiful song. The title of song is I am Blessed.

I am blessed, I am called by her prayer
Let me go to her church and bow to her
Her love is exceptional and her tender nature
My mother Arsema, the martyr

A person whose arm is lame and whose leg limps 
Whose pain is strong and is far from happiness
Whose heart is failing and who lost everything
Will never return ashamed, coming to your church

I am blessed…

That entire valley, that entire hill
How to walk through, I was fearful, fearful
After I pleaded to you to haste for my help
I started jumping through it like a young calf

I am blessed…

Not to be healed, not to solve a problem; no one will come
You will not call him either, from his home
Oh! Your covenant, how can it be expressed?
A person who comes with faith is healed and returned

I am blessed…

Hiding his pain and his internal sicknesses
Whoever hastens to come to your places
Is returned healed and witnessed your great fame
Saying: my martyr mother, Arsema

I am blessed…

Give me eloquent tongue; witness, I will
With three grains of barley, I have seen you heal
I had told you about all the problems of mine
You did not leave me ashamed, all is solved at this time

I am blessed…

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« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2009, 11:18:10 PM »

Thank you, Hiywot!
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« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2009, 03:48:35 AM »

Today, Tahisas 6 (15th of December), we commemorate the translation of the body of St. Arsema and the consecration of her church. The following is read on the Ethiopian synaxarium.

"And on this day also is commemorated the consecration of the church of Saint ‘Arsima, the virgin and martyr, and the translation of her body, and of the bodies of the holy martyrs who were with her; now these were six and twenty holy martyrs.  And King Tiridates said unto her, “Hath thy heart no desire to live as long as thou canst with us?”   And she said unto him, “My desire for heaven, which is better, is greater.”  And he commanded his soldiers to take her to the fore part of the tent and to strip her naked there, and to cut off her head; and they cut off her head and she received the crown of martyrdom in the kingdom of the heavens.  Salutation to the translation of the body of ‘Arsima."

Glory be to God Who is glorified in His Saints.  Amen.

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« Reply #39 on: January 03, 2010, 09:08:55 AM »

What a great site. Thank you all for the education on history of Arsema. I named my 3year old daughter Arsema without knowing the full history behind our St. Arsema.

Please pray for my daughter....

St. Arsema...we trully need you at this trying times. Please bring new hope and ray of light into our dauther and our life in the coming new year.
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« Reply #40 on: January 03, 2010, 11:41:56 AM »

Welcome to the forum, Kedus!
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« Reply #41 on: May 28, 2010, 07:06:46 PM »

St. Hripsime's feast day is coming up again on Monday:

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp?sid=3&nid=1546&y=2010&m=4&d=27




Pilgrimage Walk and Divine Liturgy

On May 31, at 10:00 a.m., on the Feast Day of St. Hripsime and her Companions, a procession will be led by the Pontiff of All Armenians from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the Monastery of St. Hripsimeh. Participating in the pilgrimage walk will be Members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, students from the Gevorkian Theological Seminary and other universities in Yerevan and the faithful.

A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Monastery of St. Hripsime following the service of the blessing of the four corners of the world (Andastan). The Right Hand of the Holy Virgin Hripsime, which is kept in the museum of the Mother See, will be taken to the St. Hripsimeh Monastery.

The faithful are invited to attend.
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« Reply #42 on: May 28, 2010, 07:09:34 PM »

The next day will be the feast day of St. Gayane, who was St. Hripsime's spiritual mother, and who was martyred with her:

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp?sid=3&nid=1547&y=2010&m=4&d=27



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« Reply #43 on: June 01, 2010, 03:06:03 PM »

St. Hripsime's feast day was celebrated yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=9ItYnkicozE&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2FArmenianChurch

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp


On May 31 the Holy Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrated the feast day of St. Hripsime the martyr.

On this festive day a pilgrimage was made to the Monastery of St. Hripsime from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. In accordance with tradition, the reliquary of the Right Hand of the Holy Virgin Hripsime was taken by ecclesiastical procession to the monastery.

The procession comprised of 95 Members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin (many who have traveled to the Mother See to participate in a Conference), Diocesan Primates, students of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, and youth from the Etchmiadzin Church Youth Center, walked through the main streets of Vagharshapat from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the Monastery of St. Hripsime, inspiring the residents.

During the procession, the faithful who had lined the streets, were blessed with the relic of the martyred virgin, which was at various times carried by His Holiness Karekin II, Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian and Bishop Artak Tigranian .

Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Monastery of St. Hripsime, where many faithful from different communities had gathered to commemorate the occasion. The celebrant of the Liturgy was Rev. Fr. Mateos Poghosian, the abbot of the Monastery of St. Hripsime.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy the service of the blessing of the four corners of the world (Andastan) was held. Following the services, pupils from the Etchmiadzin Youth center put on a small performance in honor of the occasion.












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« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2010, 01:28:39 AM »

Here is the feast day of St. Gayane, St. Hripsime's spiritual mother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2FArmenianChurch%23p%2Fu%2F6%2FjOpWXT1FmcM&v=jOpWXT1FmcM


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