Yerevan State University Ijevan Branch



Dear Universitarians, in 2018, on September 29, from 13:00 to 14:00, we invite you to the Ijevan Fountains Square , to take part in the covenant day of the Relic of Holy Cross from Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to Varaga Monastery, during which you will have the opportunity to pray and receive the blessing of God.

It has been already three years, by the initiative of the Primate of Tavush Diocese, priest Bagrat Galstanyan the cross is transferred from Dilijan to Ijevan-Noyemberyan-Berd-Varaga, so that people have the opportunity to approach and pray.

The Armenian Church celebrates this feast two weeks after the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, that is- the Sunday during the period of September 25- October 1.

The Tavush Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, by the initiative of the Primate of Tavush diocese, Priest Bagrat Galstanyan, organizes a round trip of Holy Relic across the whole Tavush region on the occasion of the Varaga Holy Cross Day, which this year will be celebrated on September 29 and on September 29 morning, the sacred relic of the Lord’s Cross will be solemnly taken from Holy Ejmiadzin, a sacred place of pilgrimage of the world-spread Armenians. The day of the Holy Cross was announced as a covenant day for historical Tavush region.

The holy relic will be brought to Dilijan (11: 00-13: 00) and Ijevan (13: 00-14: 00), Noyemberyan (15: 00-17: 00), Berd (19:00) and in the evening, New Varagavank , 3.5 km south-west from the village of Varagavan, Shamshadin region of Tavush Province, on the high rock), where will be a night observation.

On September 30, at 10:00, in the morning, on Varaga Holy Cross Day, the Primate of Tavush diocese, Priest Bagrat Galstanyan will serve the Holy and Divine Liturgy at Varagavank Monastery.