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« on: April 13, 2010, 11:57:08 PM »

It seems Patriarch Bartholomew is not the only "Green Patriarch."   Smiley 



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On April 11, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and with the participation of representatives from the Armenia office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Armenia Round Table Charitable Foundation and the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF), a tree planting project was inaugurated for the Nersissian Forest. The forest is located in the city of Vagharshapat, near the grounds of the Mother See.

Representatives of the participating organizations attended the celebration of Divine Liturgy offered in the Mother Cathedral. Following the Liturgy, the delegation led by His Holiness, walked to the Nersissian Forest where members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin conducted a service of the Blessing of the Four Corners of the Earth (Andastan).

Following the service, Rev. Fr. Hovakim Manukian, Director of the Inter Church Relations Department of the Armenian Church welcomed the guests and gave opening remarks. Dr. Karen Nazarian, Director of the Armenian Round Table Foundation gave a detailed presentation on the tree planting project. He stated that project was a part of program initiated by Alliance of Religions and Conservation "Religions for Ecology".

Ms. Dafina Gercheva, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative reflected on the importance of tree planting and landscape preservation.

His Holiness extended his blessings to those present. "Glory to God that today we can bring to life our cherished idea of replanting and improving the forest established by the Catholicos of all Armenians, Nerses V Ashtaraketsi. The Church has a mission to take care of nature that has been created by God. The vocation of providing care is inspired by God. And this tree planting is also that type of vocation. We bless such projects and efforts and ask the Almighty to grant strength and courage to the organizers", His Holiness said in part. Following his remarks, the tree planting was implemented with great enthusiasm and devotion.

The Nersissian Forest was established by the Catholicos of all Armenians - Nerses V Ashtaraketsi during his pontificate from 1843 to 1857. It stretched for 100 hectares around the city and contained 30 thousand trees of different types. The majority of the trees were elm which earned it the name of "The Elm Forest of Nersess". The forest was greatly damaged in the 20th century and is only now being revitalized.










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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010, 11:57:59 PM »

Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ArmenianChurch#p/u/1/uDTmaTUteEk
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 10:58:15 AM »

Thank you very much for sharing this marvellous clip Salpy  Smiley Are you able to provide us with some idea of what is being said please?
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 11:19:47 AM »

In support of saving trees I hope they didn't pass out paper notices telling people to come plant them lol
Sounds like a nice day out, planting trees, stuff like that.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 12:03:04 PM »

Thank you very much for sharing this marvellous clip Salpy  Smiley Are you able to provide us with some idea of what is being said please?

My understanding of the Eastern Armenian dialect is not that great.  It seems, though, that the video is basically saying the same thing that's in the article.
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