The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe
Contact us: 978-372-9227
P.O. Box 8069, Bradford, MA 01835
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of God the Father, only-begotten, that is of the substance of the Father.
God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten and not made; of the same nature of the Father, by whom all things came into being in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible;
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, took body, became man, was born perfectly of the holy Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.
By whom he took body, soul and mind and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance.
He suffered and was crucified and was buried and rose again on the third day and ascended into heaven with the same body and sat at the right hand of the Father.
He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father to judge the living and the dead; of His kingdom there is no end.
We believe also in the Holy Spirit, the uncreated and the perfect; who spoke through the Law and through the Prophets and through the Gospels;
Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles and dwelled in the saints.
We believe also in only one catholic and apostolic holy Church;
In one baptism with repentance for the remission and forgiveness of sins;
In the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgment of souls and bodies, in the kingdom of heaven and in the life eternal.
The faith, doctrine, and dogma of the Armenian Church are based upon Apostolic teachings, Holy Tradition, and the written Word of God.
The Nicene Creed is the main statement of faith in the Armenian Church. It was adopted by the ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. St. Arisdags, the son of St. Gregory the Illuminator, represented the Armenian Church at the council.
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is the preeminent 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.
Holy Etchmiadzin 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. The current Catholicos of All Armenians is His Holiness Karekin II.
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 where the Only Begotten descendant refers to this episode.
Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America or Eastern Diocese
The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is a parish of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Based in New York, NY, the Eastern Diocese oversees more than 60 parishes from the East Coast to Texas.
The Armenian Church of America was established officially by Catholicos Mkrtich Khrimian in 1898. Today the Church has two dioceses in the U.S: the Eastern Diocese known officially as the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America has jurisdiction over all of the United States except California, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. The Western Diocese, consisting of the above western states, was constituted in 1928. A third diocese governs all of Canada.
The head of the Eastern Diocese is the Primate, currently His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian who is elected by clerical and lay representatives of the parishes at the Diocesan Assembly, which meets annually. The Primate is president of the Diocesan Council, consisting of lay and clerical members, which governs the affairs of the Diocese.
The spiritual home of the Eastern Diocese is St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City . The cathedral was consecrated in April 1968 by the late Catholicos Vasken I. Adjacent to the St. Vartan Cathedral is the three-story Gulbenkian Cultural Center and Diocesan House. The complex includes a cultural center, museum, library, religious and language departments, office and meeting rooms and various other facilities. The center also contains the Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium, as well as the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, a research facility dedicated to scholarship and the dissemination of information about Armenian-related topics.