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An Armenian saint increasingly popular in Ethiopia!

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St. Hripsime's feast day is coming up again on Monday:

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp?sid=3&nid=1546&y=2010&m=4&d=27




Pilgrimage Walk and Divine Liturgy

On May 31, at 10:00 a.m., on the Feast Day of St. Hripsime and her Companions, a procession will be led by the Pontiff of All Armenians from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the Monastery of St. Hripsimeh. Participating in the pilgrimage walk will be Members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, students from the Gevorkian Theological Seminary and other universities in Yerevan and the faithful.

A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Monastery of St. Hripsime following the service of the blessing of the four corners of the world (Andastan). The Right Hand of the Holy Virgin Hripsime, which is kept in the museum of the Mother See, will be taken to the St. Hripsimeh Monastery.

The faithful are invited to attend.
 

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The next day will be the feast day of St. Gayane, who was St. Hripsime's spiritual mother, and who was martyred with her:

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp?sid=3&nid=1547&y=2010&m=4&d=27



 

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St. Hripsime's feast day was celebrated yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=9ItYnkicozE&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2FArmenianChurch

http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp


On May 31 the Holy Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrated the feast day of St. Hripsime the martyr.

On this festive day a pilgrimage was made to the Monastery of St. Hripsime from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. In accordance with tradition, the reliquary of the Right Hand of the Holy Virgin Hripsime was taken by ecclesiastical procession to the monastery.

The procession comprised of 95 Members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin (many who have traveled to the Mother See to participate in a Conference), Diocesan Primates, students of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, and youth from the Etchmiadzin Church Youth Center, walked through the main streets of Vagharshapat from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the Monastery of St. Hripsime, inspiring the residents.

During the procession, the faithful who had lined the streets, were blessed with the relic of the martyred virgin, which was at various times carried by His Holiness Karekin II, Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian and Bishop Artak Tigranian .

Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Monastery of St. Hripsime, where many faithful from different communities had gathered to commemorate the occasion. The celebrant of the Liturgy was Rev. Fr. Mateos Poghosian, the abbot of the Monastery of St. Hripsime.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy the service of the blessing of the four corners of the world (Andastan) was held. Following the services, pupils from the Etchmiadzin Youth center put on a small performance in honor of the occasion.












 

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Here is the feast day of St. Gayane, St. Hripsime's spiritual mother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2FArmenianChurch%23p%2Fu%2F6%2FjOpWXT1FmcM&v=jOpWXT1FmcM


 

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I have found the following beautiful Amharic song from youtube. The title of the song is “Ney Arsema” meaning: Come Arsema. The first verse in the song says:

Ney Arsema holy – Ney Arsema martyr
Arsema, Arsema, – Ney Arsema
When I call thee Arsema – Ney Arsema
To intercede for me – Ney Arsema
To God thy creator – Ney Arsema
My sins, my mistakes – Ney Arsema
Let me confess to thee – Ney Arsema
Lead me O Arsema – Ney Arsema
Holding my hands – Ney Arsema
etc...

With this song as a background, the video presents her story in Amharic and also shows some icons and her church in Armenia.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4GSm13cc7k

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Thank you for this, Hiywot!  I've e-mailed the video link, as well as your translation, to my friends.  I think I might also put this in the OO music thread.
 

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It's the feast day of St. Hripsime.  Happy feast day, everyone!
 

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I applaud the Ethiopians for recognizing the holiness of saints that are not necessarily considered part of their immediate "tradition" (lower-case t) per se. I think that even Armenians (especially outside of Armenia) don't know much about her or her martyrdom. I think there is a tendency to not focus on our own saints, save a few such as the one in my avatar (St. Vartan).

I could be wrong, but I think it is far past due for a revival of the Church Fathers and saints within the Armenian Church as well as Oriental Orthodoxy as a whole. I think they have been neglected because here in the West, it seems as if no one wants to hear about them. This has been my own experience, and 99% of what I have learned about the saints and the Church Fathers (even St. John Chrysostom) has been outside my church; I wouldn't have even known about Chrysostom if I hadn't come across Ancient Faith Radio, and then later a friend of mine from Armenia. I wonder how common this experience is, or maybe it is endemic to my experience...
 

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Gisasargavak said:
I think there is a tendency to not focus on our own saints, save a few such as the one in my avatar (St. Vartan).

I could be wrong, but I think it is far past due for a revival of the Church Fathers and saints within the Armenian Church as well as Oriental Orthodoxy as a whole. I think they have been neglected because here in the West, it seems as if no one wants to hear about them.
That's my experience as well, at least within the Armenian Church.  I find that the Copts and other Orthodox have a better knowledge and veneration of their own saints.  It just seems to be the Armenians who neglect our saints as much as we do.  It's very frustrating. 
 

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Salpy said:
Gisasargavak said:
I think there is a tendency to not focus on our own saints, save a few such as the one in my avatar (St. Vartan).

I could be wrong, but I think it is far past due for a revival of the Church Fathers and saints within the Armenian Church as well as Oriental Orthodoxy as a whole. I think they have been neglected because here in the West, it seems as if no one wants to hear about them.
That's my experience as well, at least within the Armenian Church.  I find that the Copts and other Orthodox have a better knowledge and veneration of their own saints.  It just seems to be the Armenians who neglect our saints as much as we do.  It's very frustrating. 
I wonder what the reason behind it is. In any case maybe we are supposed to bring it up with our respective parish priests as to why we don't hear about our own saints. It seems to me that these accounts - especially of Christian chastity and martyrdom and proclaiming the Risen Christ unto death should be inspiring to us and give us hope when we have our own crosses to bear.
 

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The feast day of St. Hripsime in Armenia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf24E-rRZfw

The next day, the feast day of St. Gayane, her spiritual mother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t98yGkNQv60

 

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Her name is St. Arapsima in the Coptic Church. We even have a movie for her-

http://www.copticme.com/coptic-movies.php#
 

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Salpy said:
The feast day of St. Hripsime in Armenia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf24E-rRZfw

The next day, the feast day of St. Gayane, her spiritual mother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t98yGkNQv60
What is that golden hand? It's neat. ;)

In Christ,
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Salpy said:
Those are reliquaries.
Cool. :) Are the Armenians the only ones who do that?

In Christ,
Andrew
 

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Another mezmur about St. Hripsime, complete with translation, is linked in this thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,9840.msg652182.html#msg652182
 

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Somehow it seems.. usually Orthodox saints have the hardest to pronounce names... Eastern, or Oriental you name it..

I'm not sure I can really pronounce Ioannis even... is it "Ee oh ann iss"?  or is it "Yohannes" like the Germans say it?

How do you pronounce Hripsemeh?
 

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Hahaha. I always wonder that, Andrew. So many Coptic saints have not only unique names, but multiple ways of pronouncing them. For instance, you will read in the synaxarium and see things like "the commemoration of St. Qozman (Cosmas) El-Tahawy and his companions" (Paona 1). If you speak Arabic and English (like most people in my parish do), this is pretty interesting since the two don't sound very similar. Q and K are not homophones in Arabic like they are in English, and Copts sometimes pronounce "c" as "s" (probably since they're used to the Coptic script, where this makes sense; you will often find transliterations of Coptic words like "Epchois" as "Epchoic" or "Epchoice", pronounced "Ebshois"), so it comes out as "Sosmas".  :) Sometimes it takes a bit of straining to remember who we're talking about, honestly (ahhhh, yes...St. Abe-Fam, a.k.a. Epipham, a.k.a. Bifam, a.k.a. Phoebammon...I have no idea how that last one snuck in there!).

 

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OH wow! I have not seen this thread, this is great! thank you Salpy, I will have you know I love your avatar, this icon was not known initially in the main cities in Ethio, so somehow after reading the life of St.Arsema, someone must have looked at st Barbara's Icon and decided here is a martyr by what she was holding, it must be st.Arsema, so it started to circulate as her  and we all bought it and were quite content lol, then a friend told me that one of the holy fathers saw it and laughed he could read the Greek,and obviously no one who was buying and selling the icon did lol so he and few other people started to advise some of the main distributors if they could reprint the icon as is but to change the script in Amharic to say St Arsema , because the icon was already loved and associated with her by the people lol so we were happy to keep our icons and buy the new one as well. but soon the correct icon you now have started to circulate along others that were done in Ethiopian iconographic styles by associations that were formed in St.Arsema  :) there are still st Barbara's icon being sold though lol on some its without inscription , on some the Amharic inscription is on lol

selam :)
 

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Happy feast day of St. Hripsimeh, everyone!
 

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Thank you Salpy, may her intercession and aide be with us!
 

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I probably mentioned this earlier, but it is worth repeating that the day after St. Hripsimeh's feast day, we have the feast of St. Gayaneh, her spiritual mother who was martyred with her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfyYIo9sIOY&list=UUm03-iV0O8sSMpOyQK3Qjcg&index=3&feature=plcp
 

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We welcomed “Tabot” of Kidist Arsema (St. Hripsime) this past Sunday at St. Michael Ethiopian Tewahedo Church in DC! Arsema is now in the USA!!! ;D Words can’t express the joy I feel!
 

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Ergib said:
We welcomed “Tabot” of Kidist Arsema (St. Hripsime) this past Sunday at St. Michael Ethiopian Tewahedo Church in DC! Arsema is now in the USA!!! ;D Words can’t express the joy I feel!
Greetings, Ergib!

This can only be the Holy Spirit! Today's St. Michael's Day on the Ethiopian Calendar, so, last night, I placed this amazing image as my screen saver:



'Ergib' means 'Pigeon/Dove'

 

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That is a lovely picture.  :)
 

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Balthasar said:
Ergib said:
We welcomed “Tabot” of Kidist Arsema (St. Hripsime) this past Sunday at St. Michael Ethiopian Tewahedo Church in DC! Arsema is now in the USA!!! ;D Words can’t express the joy I feel!
Greetings, Ergib!

This can only be the Holy Spirit! Today's St. Michael's Day on the Ethiopian Calendar, so, last night, I placed this amazing image as my screen saver:

'Ergib' means 'Pigeon/Dove'
Yep!  :)
That is a lovely image!
 

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Yesterday was the feast of St. Hripsimeh in the Armenian Church.  Here is a short video showing the celebration in Armenia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUm03-iV0O8sSMpOyQK3Qjcg&feature=player_detailpage&v=cva8Ib99QK4
 

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The link to the Coptic movie on St Arapsima posted before is no longer working. Here it is on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unbwrESk87c&index=51&list=PLF67A45D4CCFF48AD

Axia Axia Axia Tiagia Aripsima Tiparthenos.

 

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Hiywot said:
In Ethiopia we call her St. Arsema. Armenians call her St. Hripsime. She is not actually Armenian by birth but was martyred by King Tiridates of Armenia. We call the king as Dirtades. In Ethiopia, St. Arsema is currently being highly popular than ever because of the miracles seen at the churches consecrated in her name. The number of churches built in her name is also increasing. And in almost any spiritual book shop in Ethiopia one can find “Gadla Kidist Arsema” i.e., the book of the life of St. Arsema. I myself love this saint very much and consider her as one of my matron saints. I hope she will, one day, allow me visit her church in Armenia where her remains are kept.

Now my questions:

1. How is St. Arsema revered in Armenia? Do the faithful consider her as their matron saint? Is there a seasonal or annual pilgrimage to her church? How many churches in Armenia are named by St. Arsema?

2. Where can I find her icon? Unfortunately, most of the icons distributed in Ethiopia, in the name of St. Arsema are mistakenly the icons of St. Barbara. The name of St. Barbara is written on the icons in Greek. Nobody reads Greek and therefore people buy St. Barbara’s icon and revere it as St. Arsema.

Sincerely,

Hiywot
Dear, Hiywot you are right the Icon of saint Arsema in Ethiopian this modern age is not very accessible to the general public. In addition other saint's Icons have been mistakenly taken as Arsema. It is not only Saint Barbara but also Saint Kyriaki, Saint Catherine Alexandria and Saint Lucia are called as Saint Arsema Icon.
However, the scarcity of Information dose not mean that Ethiopian Iconographers didnot know about her because I have Seen Two Icons Of Saint Arsema painted by Ethiopian Iconographers.

The First is in a manuscript about lives of martyrs (Gedle Semaetat) Ethiopian Monastery dedicated to saint Jhon (Yohannes) near Mekelle, Tigray. This books is suppose to weigh abut 36kg. I dont have the Icon though found on this manuscript b/c my camera batteries were dead at that moment but i can show you some Icons found there.

Link to the image of the book:- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5_9e_DZJEwOZ3F1UmpVamhJZzQ/edit?usp=sharing and
                                          https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5_9e_DZJEwONDBHQU9xaU9HRFk/edit?usp=sharing
The Second Icon that I found about saint Arsema in Ethiopia is a diptych panel painting by the First Gondarien Style (around 17th Century) the place of origin and current place is unknown.

Link to the image of the panel:- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5_9e_DZJEwOd2I3ZkpKZVJTbjg/edit?usp=sharing

I hope you and every one on this forum found this info helpful. If GOD willing I am in the process of creating website about Ethiopian Orthodox Icons   and share articles and other materials with fellow Orthodox brothers and Sisters.


(Edited to fix quote tags.
Salpy)

 

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Welcome to the forum, Hailemariam!
 

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St. Hripsimeh's feast day this year in Armenia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR4mBV3dYrs
 

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I love to see the two extremes of Oriental Orthodoxy beought together like this.  Also both churches use an Anaphora of St. Athanasius, but the Ethiopian version is quite different.

Does the Latin Church venerate this aaint our of curiosity?
 

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She predates the schisms, so all the ancient Churches, including the Latins, venerate her.
 

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I suppose I should have asked if she had an active cultus.  To my uncertain knowlege, the OO alone venerate the pre schism St. Evagrius and also only the Copts have an active cultus around two martyrs I highly revere, Ss. Abanoub and Mina.
 

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It seems she's on everyone's calendar, but it doesn't look like she is that actively venerated outside of the OO communion.

Here's the Wikipedia article about her:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsime
 
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