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Exhibition “Russian-Armenian Ecclesiastical Ties”

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Exhibition “Russian-Armenian Ecclesiastical Ties”

On April 24 at 11 am the National Library of the Udmurt Republic is opening the exhibition “Russian-Armenian Ecclesiastical Ties” as part of a series of events initiated by Armenian public organization of the Udmurt Republic “Urartu” and timed to the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The exhibition will be staged at Sunday School of Izhevsk Armenian Apostolic Church (10 Let Oktyabrya St., 55b).

Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion in AD 301. The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is one of the most ancient in Christianity and is rather different from both Byzantine Orthodox and Rome Catholic dogmatic and liturgical traditions (the Armenian


The first section of the exhibition — “The Armenian Apostolic and the Russian Orthodox Churches — Custodians of Peoples’ Spirituality” — displays publications tracing the adoption of Christianity in Russia and Armenia, the formation of the Russian Orthodox and the Armenian Apostolic Churches as spiritual consolidators of the Russian and Armenian people and custodians of spiritual values (“Christianity in the East and the West: in Search of the Manifestation of Unity” by E. Suttner, “The Anthology of Eastern Christian Theological Thought” edited by G. I. Benevich and D. S. Biryukov, “The Religions of Mankind” by M. Malerab, “The Historical Path of Christianity” by A. Shmeman; articles from the journals “Science and Religion”, “Russian History” etc.). The section also provides a detailed information about life and activities of Armenian catholicos (from Gregory the Enlightener, the patron saint and first official head of the Armenian Church, initiator of Armenia’s conversion to Christianity, which is why the Armenian Church is sometimes called Armenian-Gregorian — to Karekin II) and Orthodox patriarchs. The section is illustrated with reproductions of portraits of Russian and Armenian saints, Orthodox icons.


The second section of the exhibition discloses the unity of the two Orthodox peoples, Russian-Armenian ecclesiastical ties, which have been forming since the Christianization of Rus’ and can be revealed in the worship of Russian saints in Armenia and Armenian ones in Russia, in closeness of ecclesiastical construction traditions. A particular attention is devoted to the publications about religious architecture. The differences in architecture of Russian and Armenian churches are outlined in the books “Architectural Ensembles of Armenia” by O. H. Khalpakhchian, “Armenia — Open Museum” by Y. Kirillova, “The Crossed-dome Architectural Forms in Armenia and the Byzantine Empire of the V–VII Centuries” by S. H. Mnatsakanyan, “Russian Tented Roof Architecture. Monuments of the XVI Century” by M. A. Ilyin and some others.


The book exhibition is expected to be re-staged in June — to the visit of the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II on the occasion of the opening of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Izhevsk.


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