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« on: September 14, 2013, 10:48:56 AM »

From the Armenian Western Diocese:

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On September 15, the Primate will depart for Moscow, Russia. Archbishop Derderian will join His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, high-ranking clergymen, representatives of the Diaspora, and government officials for the opening of St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral on September 17.




http://www.armenianchurchwd.com/news/primate-to-depart-to-moscow-russia-for-the-opening-of-st-gregory-the-illuminator-cathedral/
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013, 11:16:50 AM »

I don't know anything about architecture but that looks fairly Rusian to me. Not that it would be anything wrong with that though.

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 11:21:36 AM »

I don't know anything about architecture but that looks fairly Rusian to me. Not that it would be anything wrong with that though.

Actually, it's pretty Armenian.  I always associated Russian church architecture with "onion domes."



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I should have been more specific.  It's the Western Diocese of the US, located in the Los Angeles area, as opposed to the Eastern Diocese of the US, located in New York.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013, 11:45:57 AM »

Beautiful church. I love Armenian architecture.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013, 11:47:45 AM »

I don't know anything about architecture but that looks fairly Rusian to me. Not that it would be anything wrong with that though.

Actually, it's pretty Armenian.  I always associated Russian church architecture with "onion domes."



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I should have been more specific.  It's the Western Diocese of the US, located in the Los Angeles area, as opposed to the Eastern Diocese of the US, located in New York.   Smiley

The upper portion of the Cathedral is definitely Armenian.  The crosses at the gate are also typically Armenian.  Snow on the ground already?
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2013, 11:54:41 AM »

If western Europeans had emulated Armenian and Georgian architecture rather than that stuff they ended up with they wouldn't be having the crisis of faith they are having now.

Perhaps a small exaggeration, but I do like that church.
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2013, 12:00:44 PM »

If western Europeans had emulated Armenian and Georgian architecture rather than that stuff they ended up with they wouldn't be having the crisis of faith they are having now.

Perhaps a small exaggeration, but I do like that church.

I dunno, Gothic is pretty awesome too.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2013, 12:45:41 PM »

If western Europeans had emulated Armenian and Georgian architecture rather than that stuff they ended up with they wouldn't be having the crisis of faith they are having now.

Perhaps a small exaggeration, but I do like that church.

I dunno, Gothic is pretty awesome too.

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2013, 03:33:20 PM »

If western Europeans had emulated Armenian and Georgian architecture rather than that stuff they ended up with they wouldn't be having the crisis of faith they are having now.

Perhaps a small exaggeration, but I do like that church.

Yeah...no...lol
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2013, 08:13:16 PM »

Anyhow, glory be to God! Hopefully there will be good people in the cathedral, because it sucks when there is a beautiful building but bad clergy, whereas good clergy can make even a dump  into a place where God is present.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2013, 11:09:14 PM »

Pictures from the consecration:










http://armenianow.com/arts_and_culture/48578/armenian_church_moscow_consecration_armenian_diaspora




http://www.rferl.org/content/armenia-apostolic-moscow-cathedral/25109320.html
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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2013, 11:16:30 PM »

Excerpts from one of the articles, above:

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The Cathedral, resembling ancient temples of Armenia, has four entrances; the main entrance is located on the bell tower, which has stalactite vault- the unique type of decoration coverage, forgotten since the Middle Ages, and used after seven hundred years for the first time in that cathedral.

The height of the Cathedral, together with the cross makes 58 meters; the diameter of the dome, decorated with 72 crosses, is 21 meters.

"Armenian architecture is peculiar with its austerity. But we believe that beyond we need to show the best that we have achieved over the centuries, such as rich architectural forms, decorations, ornaments, bas-reliefs, pictures of saints,” said Artak Gulyan, the architect of the complex, which was built mainly on tuff, brought to Moscow specially for the cathedral’s construction from the village Anipemza of Shirak’s province.

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Patriarch Kirill said that the opening of the temple is “the recovering of historical justice”. He noted that the Armenian community has suffered along with other Christian communities in Russia during “hard times” (meaning religion’s repression during communism), and the churches that were built with love by Armenian people in Russia have often been destroyed.

Catholicos Karekin II said that the cathedral seeks to "multiply the blessings and gifts sent down from heaven in a multi-traditional country, in the life of the Armenians who had settled in Russia, and Christ-loving brotherly Russian people”, and wished the Armenian –Russian friendship to "remain forever strong.”

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Read the whole thing here:

http://armenianow.com/arts_and_culture/48578/armenian_church_moscow_consecration_armenian_diaspora
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2013, 11:25:16 PM »

Nice photos!  Most of my favourite hats in one place... 
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2013, 11:43:41 PM »






Does anyone know who did the paintings around the altar? It looks beautiful and very distinctive.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2013, 02:24:18 PM »

It is unfortunate that there is no theological and liturgical unity between EOs and OOs, because I would definitely like to be able to serve in this place. It is very well done, and simple at the same time.
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2013, 04:28:47 PM »

Here's an article from the Russian Church about the event:

https://mospat.ru/en/2013/09/18/news91121/



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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2013, 01:33:33 AM »

"Raised in the heart of Russia - Moscow, this complex will be the spiritual and cultural center in the lives of those who, regardless of nationality, consider themselves the carriers of Christian and human values,” said Bishop Yezras Nersissian, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhijevan..."

That is a pretty amazing statement coming from a contemporary Armenian Bishop!
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2013, 04:14:42 AM »

Looks amazing!
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