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Armenian Great Entrance (veraperoom) with canopy

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I saw this video posted on the FB page of the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem: https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianPatriarchateJerusalem/videos/562238477319195/

I presume it's the Great Entrance (veraperoom) during the Soorp Badarak, but it's the first time that I have seen it so elaborate with the use of a canopy.

Is the canopy for the Great Entrance only used at Saint James Cathedral in Jerusalem?
Is it used at every Soorp Badarak or only on certain occasions?
Is that the hagiody being chanted during the procession?

I'll appreciate any responses to my inquiry. Thank you.  :)
 

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griego catolico said:
I saw this video posted on the FB page of the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem: https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianPatriarchateJerusalem/videos/562238477319195/

I presume it's the Great Entrance (veraperoom) during the Soorp Badarak, but it's the first time that I have seen it so elaborate with the use of a canopy.

Is the canopy for the Great Entrance only used at Saint James Cathedral in Jerusalem?
Is it used at every Soorp Badarak or only on certain occasions?
Is that the hagiody being chanted during the procession?

I'll appreciate any responses to my inquiry. Thank you.  :)
We had a discussion about this recently in the OO forum.  I get the impression that the Patriarchate of Jerusalem represents the apex of Armenian liturgics, and within that Patriarchate you will encounter an elaboration of ritual and tradition that might often be lacking elsewhere.

That said, I have seen videos of processions at Holy Etchmiadzin featuring elaborate canopies.
 
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Alpha60 said:
We had a discussion about this recently in the OO forum.  I get the impression that the Patriarchate of Jerusalem represents the apex of Armenian liturgics, and within that Patriarchate you will encounter an elaboration of ritual and tradition that might often be lacking elsewhere.

That said, I have seen videos of processions at Holy Etchmiadzin featuring elaborate canopies.
Thank you for your reply!

Yes, I've seen in several videos the use of a canopy at Holy Etchmiadzin for the Catholicos in procession before and after the celebration of a Soorp Badarak. I've personally seen a canopy used in procession when His Holiness Aram I visited Los Angeles years ago, but I've never seen it used within the liturgy until I saw the above video.

You make a good point about "the Patriarchate of Jerusalem represents the apex of Armenian liturgics...an elaboration of ritual and tradition that might often be lacking elsewhere". The same can be said about how liturgy is celebrated in the different patriarchates and cathedrals of the different liturgical traditions, both East and West.

The Great Entrance in the average Armenian parish is limited within the santuary, starting at one of the side niches were the chalice is kept after the preparation of the gifts; using a canopy would be impractical considering the limited space.

Here is video of another Great Entrance during the Soorp Badarak in the Church of the Holy Resurrection in Jerusalem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebstnNf9kvs  This Great Entrance does not include the use of a canopy but there is a longer procession since the gifts are kept at a side altar.

God bless!
 
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