13:54, 30 Sep 2014

On September 28, the Pontifical visit of His Holiness Karekin II,
Catholicos of All Armenians, was commenced.

During the visit a Divine Liturgy was held in the St. Gregory the
Illuminator church of Singapore, upon completion of which His Holiness
offered a Blessing service for the memorial to the victims of the
Armenian Genocide, that is placed in the courtyard of the church, as
well as the blessing service of two carved cross-stones (khachkars)
dedicated to the memory of His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Paleozian
of Blessed Memory, former Primate of the Diocese of Australia and
New Zealand.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the local Armenian
community, students of the Singapore International School, clergy of
sister Christian churches and diplomats.

In the evening, a reception was held in the famous Raffles Hotel,
that was originally established by Armenians.

During the event, His Excellency Mr. Armen Sargsian, Ambassador of
Armenia to Singapore, delivered remarks. In his speech, the Ambassador
emphasized that the pastoral visit of Catholicos of All Armenians
to Singapore once again proves the concern of His Holiness in the
restoration and conservation of churches, and the special treatment
of Holy Etchmiadzin towards the local Armenian community.

The Catholicos of All Armenians offered His blessings to the attendees;
congratulating them on the successes of the previous years and urging
them to continue the noble mission of Armenian preservation.

On September 29, a concert was held in the St. Gregory the Illuminator
Church Hall; with performances by the talented local Armenian

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress