On Thursday, January 6, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord, and performed the Blessing of Water service at Holy Etchmiadzin.

The godfather of this year’s Blessing of Water Service was Gabriel Jambarjin. Armenia’s President Serge Sargsyan and other government officials were present at the celebration.

In his Christmas message, His Holiness spoke on the importance of love and faith. “Faith and love are those unshakeable foundations on which our country and people become stronger and are filled with joy and delight,” he said. “The fruits of faith and love are the good works which shall always accompany us, so long as our path does not divert from Christ’s luminous path.”

“Lord, may the graces of your Holy Birth illuminate the entire world, may the angelic tiding of peace resound in all corners of the earth, may goodwill and harmony accompany all nations and peoples, and may joy and happiness reign in all families,” the message says.

“Let hatred, enmity, despair, indifference, bitterness, and sadness retreat before the light of your Holy Nativity, and may the whole world be enveloped with the love and hope you have gifted.”