Anniversary of the intronization of Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians (04/11)

Garegin II (Nersisyan) - 132nd, current Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

On October 27, 1999, after the death of Catholicos Garegin I, the National Church Council (the supreme governing body) of the Armenian Apostolic Church elected Archbishop Garegin Nersesyan as the 132nd Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Garegin II Nersisyan was ordained and anointed on November 4.

After the name of Gregory the Illuminator, the first Catholicos of Armenia, the Armenian Church began to be called the Armenian-Gregorian. And the residence of the Catholicoses, that is, the Supreme Patriarchs of all Armenians, became the Mother See of Etchmiadzin.

The word "Echmiadzin" means - "the Only Begotten Son of God descended." That is how the cathedral and the nearby monastery were named. Saint Gregory had a vision in which he saw the Only Begotten Son of God. He descended from heaven with a golden hammer in his hand and, striking the Armenian land, indicated the place where the first cathedral was built. This altar was subsequently erected on the site where the golden hammer of the Son of God touched the ground. A beautiful cathedral was built around the altar.