New Year's Message of His Holiness Karekin II

00:00 01.01.2014

On this festive day of New Year we extend Our Pontifical love and
blessings to you, dear faithful people of Armenia and the Diaspora.
We are welcoming the redemptive year of 2014. With the sacrament of
Our Lord's Holy Nativity we enter a new year. When the clock strikes
twelve, we will extend our prayers from our churches to heaven,
wishing that the year of 2014 be full of divine blessings and graces,
bringing world peace, and the hope that one blessed day, hostility and
wars will end, and life will blossom in solidarity, prosperity and

With God's will, 2013 was a year of benevolent results; but there were
also difficult times in the Homeland as well as in the Diaspora. We
are facing deep- rooted problems such as making our country
prosperous, defending our rights, reinforcing our statehood and
improving our national and religious life. We are concerned with the
predicament of the Armenian people living amongst the conflicts in the
Middle East. We are hopeful that the children of Armenia will unite in
the name of love for the Homeland and nation, overcoming the troubles
in the Homeland and uniting all Armenians under her roof. We must
reconcile to support each other and promote the Homeland- building and
nation- preserving projects. Dear ones, in this regard, as the Apostle
Paul has stated: `I have a great confidence in you; I take great pride
in you...' (2 Corinthians 7.4), because our faithful people have bravely
endured all the hardships, shown tolerance when in distress and lived
with the determination to forge a bright future, unwaveringly
traversing the path of a life renewed and independent.

On this New Year's Day, I exhort our beloved people to fill their
lives with spiritual healing and pilgrimage this year. Let us lead our
lives based on honesty and justice, cherish our Christian values,
learn from our mistakes and misdeeds, deny and banish all the
circumstances hindering our progress, so that we can build a
prosperous and flourishing life in the Homeland and Diaspora and enter
the year of 2015 with a clear conscience before the memory of our

In front of the Mother Cathedral we extend our plea to the Almighty,
that 2014 bring peace to all the corners of the world, good will to
all the people and nations, and new paths to resolve the disputes and
establish a joyful and prosperous life.

We exhort God to bring His blessings and abundant graces to our
country and all our people dispersed throughout the world. We pray for
the children of our nation in distress and facing difficulties. We
also offer Our congratulations to the Armenian Army soldiers who
defend our native borders and to all those in service. Dear ones, let
Our Lord grant us all a year of strong health, benevolence and
happiness. Happy New Year!

From: A. Papazian