THE MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II
SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS
ON THE OCCASION OF ARMENIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
On September 21, 2012, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians extended his message of congratulations on the festive occasion of Independence Day of the Republic of Armenia.
"With fatherly love we extend our blessings and congratulations From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to our children living in Armenia and the Diaspora on the occasion of Independence Day of the Republic of Armenia.
With the declaration of independence our people chose the difficult but dignified path of freedom and a contented life. The story of independence reveals the images of miracles of our new history, which is filled with the faith and foresight of our brave children of Armenia. Independence is a gift from God in response to our challenges and losses suffered during the Genocide and during years of torture by the Soviet Union, when the people were forced to renounce God.
Today we offer our thanks and glory to God, that during the twenty-one years of Independence we have recorded many achievements and successes, while also facing difficulties and failures.
Dear pious people, we believe that despite the current challenges, we will continue onward with great efforts and steadfast spirit, strengthening the Republic of Armenian and adding new pages to the history of our people.
We pray that God keep our Republic strong and secure, and that he keep my nation of the Armenians in the Diaspora under His Holy Right, by continuing to grant them success for the sake of love for our Homeland.
CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services 21 September, 2012