ECHMIADZIN (Armenpress)–The headquarters of the Armenian Church in Saint Echmiadzin reported that Sunday–His Holiness Garegin II–Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia’s was in the province of Vayots Dzor to preside over the ceremony of inauguration and consecration of the new Church of Holy Trdat in Vayk.
King Trdat proclaimed Christianity as a State religion in Armenia 1700 years ago. Holy Trdat is the first Church that is named after the great Armenian king–who is canonized by the Armenian Church. His Eminence Archbishop Nerses Bozabalian celebrated the first divine liturgy.
"My Pontifical message is to make the Church carry out its true mission and be a house of prayer where it’s possible to stand before God and to communicate with God. It’s our prayers and presence inside the Church that give the Church its true significance," said His Holiness–greeting and congratulating the present people.
The construction of the Church was undertaken in 1990 by His Holiness Vazgen I–of blessed memory. But the construction that had been stopped because of financial difficulties–was started two years ago thanks to Galoust and. Emma Soghoyans–Armenian benefactors living in the US–who took all the expenses of the construction of the Church–following the advice of His Eminence Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian and Bishop Abraham Mkrtchian–the Primate of the Diocese of Syunik.
Church-loving benefactors not only took all the expenses of the construction–but also presented clerical vestmen’s and other necessary things for the Church.