• Calendar of EventsCalendar of Events
  • View our schedule and join us for our programs, events, and prayer, keeping the Armenian spirit alive in Washington DC.

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  • Shnorhali SchoolShnorhali School
  • Teaching the love of God and pride in Armenian culture helping our children live active Armenian Christian lives.

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  • Food FestivalsFood Festivals
  • Armenian Food Festivals are held three times each year bringing authentic and delectable Armenian cooking to our area.

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  • Dining Hall RentalDining Hall Rental
  • Our spacious dining room and facilities are available to rent for your next event with a professional commercial kitchen.

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  • Holy EtchmiadzinHoly Etchmiadzin
  • The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is the pre-eminent center of authority in the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church. Located near the capital of Yerevan in the Republic of Armenia, it is composed of:

  • The Mother Cathedral of the entire Armenian Church;
  • The monastery and monastic brotherhood;
  • The residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians;
  • Various religious and cultural institutions, such as the Kevorkian Theological Seminary and a museum
  • The cathedral dates back to the 4th century, and is reckoned the oldest Christian cathedral in world. Although the current sanctuary was erected in the 1600s, remnants of the 4th-century altar have been unearthed beneath the present structure.

    In its capacity as the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians (the pontiff of the Armenian Church), Holy Etchmiadzin is known as the "Catholicate of All Armenians." It became the seat of the Catholicate of the entire Armenian nation in the 4th century, following the conversion of King Tiridates III to Christianity by St. Gregory the Illuminator in AD 301.

    According to the chronicler Agathangelos, soon after Armenia's conver­sion to Christianity, St. Gregory had a vision of the Son of God. Appearing as a heroic figure of light surrounded by a mighty angelic host, Christ struck the ground with a golden ham­mer, indicating the place where the Mother Cathedral of the new Christian nation was to be established. The name Etchmiadzin--literally, "where the Only Begotten descended"--refers to this episode.
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