Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians to Celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth of Calcutta, and Re-consecration of St. Mary?s Armenian Church of Chennai, India.
During the week of November 8 to the 15, 2008 the Armenian community of Calcutta will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Holy Church of Nazareth; the Church was initially built in 1707.
St. Mary?s Armenian Church in Chennai (formerly Madras) was built in 1712. The home of the fist Armenian periodical in the world, Azdarar, was printed in Chennai in the year 1794. Under the auspices of the Armenian Church Committee it has recently been fully restored and renovated, as have some of the other Armenian churches. St. Mary?s Church will be re-consecrated during this event.
The Pastor, and the Armenian Church Committee members would like to extend an invitation to everyone who is interested to joining them in this historical event.
A variety of events have been planned for the week, which will include a Hrashapar service, Pontifical Liturgy, and Thanksgiving service at the Holy Nazareth Armenian Church. A cultural seminar, inauguration of the Community Centre at Tangra and Ground Breaking ceremony of Armenian College Sports Complex, tours to the Armenian Churches in Kolkata as well as a visit to the oldest Armenian Churches in West Bengal, which are St. John the Baptist Armenian Church built in 1695 in Chinsurah and Holy Virgin Mary Armenian Church built in 1758 in Saidabad.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the 2-Century-old Armenian College & Philanthropic Academy that has recently undergone some major upgrades under the direction of Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian and the Davidian Girls? School to meet and interact with the students as well as explore the city and other local historical sites.
Many members of the local community as well as national and international dignitaries will attend some or all aspects of the program. An open invitation is extended to everyone who feels that this would be an event of interest.
A detailed program of events will be available shortly. You may request it by contacting Fr. Gulgulian at [email protected] or the Armenian Church Committee [email protected] for all questions or comments you may contact the same. In order to assist us, it is necessary for anyone interested in attending, to please contact Liz Chater at [email protected]. For those in the USA please contact Helena Cray at [email protected].
Source: Press Release by the Holy Nazareth Armenian Church of Kolkata
Armenian Holy Church Of Nazareth
2 Armenian Street, Kolkata – 700 001, India
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