The Procession of the Feast of Exaltation of Holy Cross
On September 17, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, an Evening service was performed in the St. John the Baptist and St. Vardan Chapel-baptistery of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
Following the Evening Service, under the patronage of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the solemn procession of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross took place in the courtyard of the Mother Cathedral. On that occasion, the reliquary enclosing the relic of the Holy Cross was brought out for the worship and consolation of the faithful. The Andastan service was also held, during which the Patriarch of All Armenians blessed the basil decorating the cross and the four corners of the world.