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« on: August 18, 2010, 09:34:04 PM »

The Feast of Shoghagat was last Saturday, and there is a nice video about it:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ArmenianChurch

Here is an explanation of the name of the feast:

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp?sid=1&id=7766&pid=7736

This name is derived from the Illuminator's vision, as the name, Etchmiadizin, implies, and it means "rays of light came down as droplets" from heaven. Both feasts are related to the Illuminator's vision; however, the feast of Shoghagat is that of the erection of the Mother Cathedral, in keeping with the same feast. The Mother Cathedral having been dedicated to St. Mary, the feast of Shoghagat is observed on the Saturday which precedes Assumption, that is, as the anniversary of the navagadik of the Mother Cathedral. According to historical references, the Cathedral was dedicated and consecrated in the year 303. The meaning of the feast of Shoghagat accords with the explanations relative to church feasts and navagadik.



In the video one can see a banner depicting the vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator, of Christ coming down from heaven with a golden hammer.  This is explained further in a post (463) from the OO music thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,9840.msg443024.html#msg443024

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2010, 10:47:15 AM »

Very beautiful!  Thanks for sharing.  May God bless the Church of Armenia, and may St. Gregory's prayers be with us all.
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 11:24:59 AM »

Beautiful, indeed!
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