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« on: August 28, 2009, 10:03:03 PM »

Imagine drinking water from a water system blessed by the Catholicos.   Smiley


http://www.armenianchurch.net/news/index.php


ARTASHAT WATER SUPPLY PROJECT BRINGS SAFE DRINKING WATER TO ARMENIA’S ARARAT REGION THANKS TO EFFORTS OF USAID, FAR


On Wednesday, August 26, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, conducted a water blessing ceremony in the village of Qaghtsrashen, where church leaders and government officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the Artashat Water Supply Project – a water distribution system that will serve the town of Artashat and 27 surrounding villages in Armenia’s Ararat region.

Attending the ceremony were Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, President of the Fund for Armenian Relief and Primate of the Eastern Diocese; Marie L. Yovanovitch, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia; Hovik Abrahamian, Speaker of Armenia’s National Assembly; and other clergy and dignitaries.

The Artashat Water Supply Project was financed by a $3.16 million grant from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and executed by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) in cooperation with the government of Armenia.

His Holiness Karekin II thanked USAID, the U.S. government, FAR, and the faithful of the Eastern Diocese for helping realize this project. With Archbishop Barsamian, Ambassador Yovanovitch, and Speaker Abrahamian, His Holiness cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening of the new water system and proceeded to bless the water.

“For us, today’s ribbon-cutting is an example of the obstacles that can be overcome, and the great goals that can be achieved, through collaborative effort, intelligent use of resources and expertise, and an atmosphere of mutual trust and openness,” said Archbishop Barsamian.

Over the course of two years, crews cleaned and restored two existing reservoirs and added a third 4,000-cubic-meter reservoir, bringing the system’s total reservoir capacity to 8,000 cubic meters of water.

Work also involved the installation of nearly 50 kilometers of water mains and lines, which will make it possible to distribute clean drinking water from Garni sources to some 100,000 people living in the Ararat region.

The new water system, which will be managed by the Armenian Water Company, will eliminate the need to pump water from local wells – a practice that was both unsafe and inefficient.

“I am confident that the project will significantly improve the health and well-being of people in this area,” said Ambassador Yovanovitch, “and will support the government of Armenia in its efforts to foster economic development of the regions outside of Yerevan.”

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 10:04:54 PM »

Here is a picture of him from the article, blessing the water:

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2009, 10:48:36 PM »

I read from some RC source that they teach that if blessed water is diluted into "normal water", such that the blessed water constitutes less than 50% of the solution that the other water does not become blessed.

I kind of doubt Orthodox people would be interested in such rational gymnastics around holy things, but this thread made me think of it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 10:53:50 PM »

Interesting.  I don't think we're as legalistic as that.  I've heard that if you add ordinary water to blessed water, it is all blessed, but I've never heard it spoken of in percentages or portions.  In fact, I've always been under the impression that even a little blessed water added to a larger amount makes the whole thing blessed.  I could be wrong though.  It's not like I could point to a written source, or anything.
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2009, 06:48:24 AM »

I've been told by my priest that holy things sanctify ordinary things, and ordinary things do not corrupt holy things. So blessed water would bless ordinary water if it comes in contact with it. We should be careful with our holy things, but we're not going to worry too much if some holy water accidentally is spilled into some ordinary water. More blessed water for all!
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 02:36:02 PM »

Is there a distributor in Armenia to bring the blessed water as bottled water to the US, if there is a surplus?
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2009, 04:00:51 PM »

I've never heard of that.  What happens, though, is every seven years when the Catholicos blesses muron (holy oil,) the muron is distributed to churches throughout the world, and priests at their parishes will use the muron to bless water for their congregations, like at Christmas time.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2009, 04:44:47 PM »

I was thinking along the lines of selling Armenian bottled water (if such a term exists).  The Greeks and others sell bottled water in the USA.  I apologize for not being more specific.   angel
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2009, 04:56:41 PM »

I haven't seen it.  Armenian brandy is popular, though.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2009, 05:04:22 AM »

I've been told by my priest that holy things sanctify ordinary things, and ordinary things do not corrupt holy things. So blessed water would bless ordinary water if it comes in contact with it.

Indeed. Isn't this the rationale underlying the popular Orthodox Epiphany tradition of taking the water sanctified during the Rite of the Blessing of the Waters and using it to bless a local body of water? In Egypt, until recently (19th century or so) Copts used to bless the Nile River with the sanctified waters of the Epiphany service.
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2009, 05:05:31 AM »

Here is a picture of him from the article, blessing the water:



Cute girl  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2009, 11:16:18 AM »

She's wearing a rather nice example of the traditional Armenian costume:

http://www.hyeetch.nareg.com.au/culture/textile_p4.html
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