The independence of Armenia 26 years ago was celebrated at New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral on Thursday, September 21, 2017, with a classical concert attended by esteemed diplomats and featuring young musical talents. The evening cast a positive outlook for the future of the homeland and the diaspora.
In the Armenian liturgical calendar, autumn is the Season of the Holy Cross. The months of September and October are punctuated with celebrations and fasts dedicated to the Cross of Jesus Christ, and its mysterious power.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing. But to those of us who are being saved, it is the power of God. (I Corinthians 1:18)
This coming Sunday will be the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: the start of the season of the Holy Cross, one of the five major divisions of the Armenian Church calendar.
Some 60 participants representing 10 Diocesan Armenian Schools attended a daylong symposium at the Diocesan Center on September 9, 2017.
It was the great religious “confab” of the 4th century: a gathering of Christian bishops from throughout the world, convened by no less an authority than the Roman Emperor Constantine I. In A.D. 325, a town in the Black-Sea province of Bithynia played host to 318 scholars of the church who met to deliberate on the burning theological questions of the day.