Bishop Hovakim Celebrates the Holy and Immortal Liturgy at the University of Oxford

On June 2nd, His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan visited Oxford and celebrated the Holy and Immortal Liturgy at Pembroke College’s chapel. During the liturgy, the bishop was assisted at the holy altar by student deacons, and the hymns were performed by members of the Oxford Armenian Society Choir under the direction of Mariana Asatryan.

In his sermon, Bishop Hovakim emphasised the importance of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin in the life of the Armenian people, highlighting it as both a spiritual and educational centre where the Only Begotten Son of God descended. He called on everyone to celebrate and cherish this heritage. He also expressed deep gratitude to the Dean of Pembroke College, Father Andrew, and Professor Theo Van Lint of the Calouste Gulbenkian Armenian Studies Centre for their unwavering support of this annual initiative.

After the liturgy, Bishop Hovakim bestowed his blessing upon the students present and engaged in conversations with the Armenologists in attendance. The annual liturgies celebrated here are organised for the Armenian students studying in Oxford in collaboration between the Diocese and the Oxford Armenian Society, with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Armenian Studies Centre.

Additionally, the icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, which was presented to the college by Bishop Hovakim in 2017, is installed at Pembroke College.