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Tenth Anniversary of the Enthronement of H.H. Karekin II
« on: October 25, 2009, 08:55:02 PM »
The tenth anniversary of the enthronement of H.H. Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenians, is coming up.  The following is a biography from the Eastern Diocese website:

His Holiness KAREKIN II was born in 1951 in the village of Voskehat, near Etchmiadzin, and baptized Ktrij Nersissian.

He entered the seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin in 1965, graduating with honors in 1971. For a year after graduation he taught at the seminary. He was ordained as a deacon in 1970 and a monk (celibate priest) in 1972, at which time he received the priestly name Karekin. Shortly thereafter, His Holiness Vasken I (Catholicos of All Armenians, 1956-1994) sent the new priest to Vienna to study theology. In 1975, Fr. Nersissian moved to Germany, where he studied and graduated from Bonn University while serving as pastor to the local Armenian community. Following a brief return to Armenia, he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Russian Orthodox Academy in Zagorsk, Russia, from which he graduated in 1979.

In March 1980, he entered the service of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese, the Armenian Church's most populous diocesan jurisdiction, which incorporates the capital, Yerevan, and the vicinity of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Appointed head of that diocese in June 1983, he was elevated to the rank of Bishop on October 23rd of that year, by the hand of His Holiness Vasken I. Catholicos Vasken granted him the title of Archbishop in November 1992.

During the past decade, Archbishop Nersissian has been a prominent figure in Armenia's religious, social, and cultural life. The charitable missions he has launched have helped his flock in their struggle to build a free and decent society from the physical ruins of the 1988 earthquake, and from the spiritual debris of Armenia's Soviet period. He has been notable for using technology, especially television broadcasts, as a tool of evangelism and outreach. Following the death of Catholicos Vasken I, Archbishop Nersissian was a candidate for the pontifical throne during the National Ecclesiastical Assembly of April 1995, but conceded victory to His Holiness Karekin Sarkissian, who thereafter became Catholicos Karekin I (Catholicos of All Armenians, 1995-1999). The latter, being treated for cancer in New York, appointed Archbishop Nersissian as the Vicar General of Holy Etchmiadzin in November 1998, in which capacity Nersissian served until the late Catholicos' death in June 1999.

He was elected the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians on October 27, 1999, when more than 450 delegates from Armenian Church jurisdictions around the world met in a National Ecclesiastical Assembly at Holy Etchmiadzin, the Church's Mother See, located in the Republic of Armenia. His consecration and enthronement followed on November 4th. As the 132nd in a continuous line of Catholicoi dating back to the Fourth Century, Catholicos Karekin II presides over the Supreme Spiritual Council (the Armenian Church's governing college of bishops), and is the chief shepherd of the world's 7 million Armenian Apostolic Christians.

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Re: Tenth Anniversary of the Enthronement of H.H. Karekin II
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 08:59:46 PM »
AXIOS!  Many Years to His Holiness!

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Re: Tenth Anniversary of the Enthronement of H.H. Karekin II
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009, 09:50:03 PM »
Thank you.   :)

His Holiness is so nice.  I really love him.  I'm going to post some pictures of him, below:

Here he is, commemorating the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide:

Here he is at Easter:

Here he is at Vartanants:

Here he is during a visit to India:

Here he is petting an elephant during his trip to India:   :)

Here he is consecrating muron last year:

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Re: Tenth Anniversary of the Enthronement of H.H. Karekin II
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 02:04:33 AM »
From the website of Etchmiadzin:

10th Anniversary of Consecration of
His Holiness Karekin II,
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians

On October 27, 1999, the highest administrative body of the Armenian Church, the National Ecclesiastical Assembly, was convened in the spiritual headquarters of the Armenians, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Ordained and lay Armenian Church delegates from Dioceses around the world gathered for the Catholicosal Elections. Representing Armenians on every continent, His Holiness Karekin II was elected by the nation to serve as the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. He was consecrated in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin on November 4, 1999 as the 132nd Catholicos of All Armenians.

November 4, 2009 is the 10 year anniversary of the consecration of His Holiness Karekin II. Over the last 10 years, the Church has strived to continually address the challenges faced by the Armenian nation. On the occasion of this anniversary, we take the opportunity to reflect on the changes and milestones in the life of the Armenian Church.


225 Priests Ordained
249 Seminary Graduates
30 Churches Remodeled
91 Churches Built
9 Churches Under Construction
8 Youth Centers


In 1999, the grounds of the Mother See comprised 7 hectares of land. Today, the complex of the Mother See contains 49 hectares and a host of new buildings, some completed, some under construction.

Buildings Renovated

Mother Cathedral
Guest House
Publishing House
Old Seminary Building
Deacons’ Quarters
Gevorkian Seminary
Khrimian Museum
Seminary Dormitories
Old Pontifical Residence
Cathedral Museum

New Buildings

Monastic Residence Building
Manuscript Depository (Matenadaran)
Seminary Chapel
Seminary Gymnasium
Continuing Education Center
Open Air Altar
Vaskenian Gate
Main Gate