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[Web Wrap]: Akhtamar Mass – Liturgy, But No Peace Without a Cross at Landmark Religious Service in Turkey.

September 20, 2010

By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow

For the first time in nearly a century Armenian Christians have had a religious service in a 10th-century church on the Lake Van island of Akhtamar, in what now is eastern Turkey.

The September 19 Liturgy at the Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church was conducted by Archbishop Aram Ateshian, the Armenian Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople. Service went on, despite the absence of a cross on the dome of the church — a holy indicator for all Armenian churches.

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Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church in Van

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Credit: Photolure via ArmenianNow

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