Pilgrimage on the Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God
The Armenian Church today celebrates the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God. The mother who gave birth to the Savior of mankind is a shining example of unchanging love, goodwill and care for all times.
On the bright holiday of the birthday of the Mother of God, with the blessing and guidance of the spiritual pastor of the Church of St. Jacob in Stepanakert, Rev. Father Minas Movsisyan, the women's union of the church initiated a pilgrimage to the church named after the Holy Mother of God in the village of Khnatsakh. Members of the church's youth union and other believers of community, as well as members of the community of the Church of the Holy Mother of God of Stepanakert, joined the pilgrimage.
Today's rainy weather did not prevent pilgrims from reaching the shrine on foot.
The Liturgy was served by the local spiritual pastor, Rev. Father Andreas Tavadyan, who in his sermon described the mysterious image of the Mother of God, emphasizing: “It is no coincidence that most of our churches bear the name of the Holy Mother of God.” The father called on those present to always have before their eyes the virtuous image of the Holy Virgin, about whom Solomon says: “Many daughters acquired wealth, many accomplished feats, but you surpassed them and surpassed them all. There is neither false feminine grace nor vain beauty in you” (Proverbs 31:29-30).
In the middle of the Liturgy, little schoolchildren who had finished their lessons for the day joined with their teachers. At the end of the Liturgy, Father Andreas Tavadyan also performed the rite of blessing of teachers, wishing them a fruitful and peaceful academic year.