On June 14 Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated with special ritual the holiday of the Catholic of Holy Etchmiadzin, which is crowing the week of Ararat holidays. The holy liturgy which was finished with the consecration ceremony of newly built dome cross of Etchmiadzin Cathedral was performed in the open tabernacle of Mother See that has the name of Armenian king Trdat III.
In front of open tabernacle, according to perceived order, the cross firstly was washed with wine and water under the psalms, then after scripture readings and prayer N.S.O.T.T Catholicos Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians anointed it with saint Myron. The ceremony was held considering that that the dome of the temple was renovated as a result of the completion of the regular stage of strengthening the Mother Cathedral.
The old cross of the temple was damaged due to the impact at time, and from now on its permanent destination will find in the museum of Mother See.
A wish of Holy Etchmiadzin was made on the occasion of the holiday under the presidency of the Catholicos of All Armenians. The clergy and the present pious Armenians together prayed to the God for the Steadfastness and enlightenment of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, for the fulfillment of its sacred mission in the life of the Armenians all over the world.
Then, in front of the newly consecrated cross Catholicos Karekin II addressed his message to those who were present and all our nation on the occasion of the celebration of the Feast of the Catholicos of Holy Etchmiadzin and the dome of the Mother Cathedral.
At the end of the speech of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the cross, decorated with flowers,was taken to the Mother Cathedral with a solemn procession, from where under the gratitude wishes of the present people and the singing of hymns, a crane was erected and placed on the dome of the temple.
The church was built at the beginning of 4th century in 301-303, after the conversion of Christianity to the state religion by the order of Gregory the Illuminator. The Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin has been partially renovated in different years, but no complete renovation has been done. In 2016 the actual construction and strengthening of the Temple began. The builders removed the cross from the main dome of the Mother Cathedral in July 2017.