Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin17. February 2015 - 14:45
The festivities began on the evening of February 13 in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; Evening Service were offered. Evening Services were followed by this year’s first Andastan Service wherein the four corners of the world were blessed. Then under the delightful “Christ in Glory” hym, a candle was lit by His Holiness from the Holy Altar of Descent, and was processed to the courtyard of the Gevorgyan Theological Seminary, where a traditional fire was lit, in symbolism of the Light and Wisdom of Christ. Seminarians of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, performed psalms and national songs and the faithful who were present lit candles from the fire and carried them to their homes.
Before having their heads sliced off by the Satanic forces of the Islamic State in post “Arab Spring” Libya, some of the Coptic Christians can be seen and heard muttering “O Lord Jesus Christ,” say Arabic media.
Do not be deceived: this is a war on Christians — one that began almost 1,400 years ago, when Islam was born, and has been consistent since.
Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom following the brutal murder of Coptic Christians in Libya
It is with deep feelings of sorrow and pain that we received confirmation earlier this evening of the brutal murder of Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of Daesh (IS). While every life is sacred and every death tragic, the particular brutality demonstrated in this instance and others like it shows not only a disregard for life but a gross misunderstanding of its sanctity and equal value in every person.
On March 12, 2002, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church resolved to hold Orthodox Youth Day on the feast of the Meeting of the Lord throughout the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate. In conjunction with this, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, has released his annual epistle, the text of which is available below. With the blessing of His Holiness, all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church are asked to read the Patriarchal epistle upon completion of the Divine Liturgy on February 15 of this year.
Pope Francis on Monday denounced the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIL militants in Libya. The Islamist terrorist organization released a video of the killings on Sunday.
Speaking in Spanish to an ecumenical delegation from the Church of Scotland, the Holy Father noted those killed only said “Jesus help me.”
“They were murdered just for the fact they were Christians,” Pope Francis said.
“The blood of our Christian brothers is a witness that cries out,” said the Pope. “If they are Catholic, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans, it is not important: They are Christians. The blood is the same: It is the blood which confesses Christ.''
Pope Francis has appointed 19 new cardinals at a ceremony in Rome - the first such appointments of his papacy.
Cardinals are the most senior Roman Catholic clergymen below the pontiff. Correspondents say the inclusion of prelates from places such as Haiti and Burkina Faso reflects the Argentine Pope's commitment to the poor.