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.