One Holy Universal Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church. Armenia

One Holy Universal Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church. Armenia
Old Church
Image by Alexander Mkhitaryan
The Armenian Apostolic Church (Armenian: Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական Եկեղեցի, Hayastaneayc’ Aṙak’elakan Ekeġec’i) is the world’s oldest National Church[1][2] and is one of the most ancient Christian communities.[3] Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in 301 AD, in establishing this church. The Armenian Apostolic Church traces its origins to the missions of Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the 1st century.

The official name of the Church is the One Holy Universal Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church [4]. It is sometimes referred to as the Gregorian Church, but the latter name is not preferred by the Church, as it views the Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus as the founders, and St. Gregory the Illuminator as merely the first official head of the Church. (from Wikipedia)

Odzun 7th C. Armenian Basilica, Odzun village, Lori Province, Armenia

Odzun 7th C. Armenian Basilica, Odzun village, Lori Province, Armenia
Church names
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Odzun Church is an Armenian basilica constructed around the 5th-7th century in the Odzun village of the Lori Province of Armenia.

The first church appeared here in the 6th century. In the 8th century it was reconstructed by Hovhannes III Odznetsi who served as the catholikos between 717 and 728 and was, as his name suggests, from Odzun. This is the time the church got its current form of a pink felsite basilica with three naves, the two side naves being narrow. At the northern (not preserved anymore) and southern side there are unusual arcaded cloisters and the west cloister has a blind wall with an arched entrance in the middle. The roof is barrel vaulted. Four columns support the rib vaulted tambour and there are two more columns at the western part of the church. At the eastern façade above the central window one can observe a carving of Christ with the gospel of St. John and two angels below. At the southern façade, at each side of the central window there are two angels and traces of another figure, probably Christ. Much later, in the 19th century two small belltowers were added.

There are numerous gravestones of the clergy around the church and a funerary monument. Its stepped platform supports two carved stelae between double arches. The east and west sides of the monument are carved with scenes from the Bible and introduction of Christianity in Armenia. Its north and south side are carved with geometrical motifs and floral shapes. It is suggested that this monument commemorates Hovhannes Odznetsi, but its style suggests that it was probably erected earlier, in the 6th century.

This is one of only two such funerary monuments in Armenia. The one located in Odzun was given as a gift to Armenia from an Indian King around the 8th century. The other one is situated in Aghudi in southern Armenian province of Syunik.

Archbishop Aris Shirvanian Visits St John’s Armenian Church

Surpazan Aris Shirvanian visited St John’s Armenian Apostolic Church in San Francisco on August 12th, 2007. The parish was honored that Surpazan Aris celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination into the holy priesthood in San Francisco. The mayor and board of supervisors of San Francisco officially declared August 12th as Archbishop Aris Shirvanian day in San Francisco, the place where he served for 15 years. Surpazan Aris left St. John’s in 1999 to serve the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem as their Director of Ecumenical and Foreign Relations, a position he still holds today. This video documents his historic visit back to San Francisco. If you like the music on this video, visit the link below. Three different Armenian choirs were featured on a beautiful album called “Fortress City.” Check it out:
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Armenian Apostolic Church (music)

A tribute to the “One Holy Universal Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church” thats the full name (I had to look it up ) :p Anyways the main song is from Levon Minassians album “Songs From A World Apart” called “Ter Voghormya”. I mixed it with a cupple of other songs from the Armenian Religious Songs and Ensemble Akn Enjoy!