Armenian Christians across the globe are commemorating this day, April 24, as the “Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.”
In 2015, the centennial year of the Armenian Genocide, the martyrs of 1915 were ceremonially recognized as holy saints. With their canonization, the Genocide martyrs joined other great exemplars of holiness, virtue, and sacrifice, in the “canon” of revered saints from church history.
Faithful Christians look to the saints with hope and joy because through them, we perceive the highest ideals of the church: who we aim to be, what we believe, what our priorities are, and what our mission is. The saints are our witnesses to that ideal, but they should also challenge the church and every one of its members to grow toward the ideal that they embody.
Click on the link to read more about the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, and to read an essay on the meaning of martyrdom, “From Victors to Victory,” on our companion website, Vemkar.
A special episode of the Diocese’s “Bread and Salt” video series revisits the April 2015 canonization service, and explains how the church now regards the Holy Martyrs of 1915. Click on the link to view the video, “Alive in Heaven.”
For more in-depth look at the meaning of Christian sainthood and martyrdom, click on the link to view “A Great Cloud of Witnesses.”