On the occasion of this blessed season, when Christians around the world celebrate the New Year and the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ, please know that I hold all the friends of iLooys deeply in my heart and in my prayers.
I wish each and every one of you a happy New Year full of blessings!
May God grant you the riches of his Holy Spirit this Year and beyond. And "may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).
With prayers and blessings,
Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan
The Mysterious Gift
Throughout the centuries, the pomegranate has been weaved into Armenian architecture, cuisine, art, manuscripts, literature, liturgical vestments and accessories. For the first time in history in 2015, the Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Church, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenians, together with the Armenian faithful, introduced a new service for the Blessing of Pomegranates, one of the seven biblical species of fruits and grains, at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin...