Pope Francis and Catholicos KarekinII release doves at the Khor Virap monastery towards Mount Ararat in Armenia.
and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. -
So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the
dove from the ark. The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her
beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated
from the earth. Then he waited yet
another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him
again. - Genesis 8:11
This Armenian manuscript was created in 1475 by a Armenian scribe named Aristakes for the Armenian Apostolic Church
It contains a series of sixteen images on the life of Christ preceding the text of the Gospels, as well as the traditional Evangelist portraits, and there are marginal illustrations throughout. The style of the miniatures, which employ brilliant colors and emphasize decorative patterns, is characteristic of manuscript production in the region around Lake Van during the fifteenth century. This jeweled and enameled silver binding bears a composition of the Adoration of the Magi on the front and the Ascension on the back.
Numerous inscriptions spanning a few centuries attest to the manuscript’s long history of use and revered preservation