The 8th liturgy took place in the Holy Cross Church of Akhtamar Island of Lake Van. Those who had come to the town of Gevash to take part in the ceremony were transported by boat to the island after the necessary control.

The island hosted only 25 people to take part in the ceremony, which was headed by the Armenian Patriarch Sahak Mashalian. Mashalian was accompanied by Father Shirvan Murzyan and Chief Priest Grigor Damatyan.

Mashalian first talked to the visitors, then led the church service.