New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral will continue a beautiful Armenian custom this year, when it resumes its monthly “Prayers for Healing” services.
The short evening services aim to heal body, mind, and soul through prayer, music, Scripture-reading, and a blessing with holy water. Cathedral vicar Fr. Davit Karamyan will lead the gatherings.
The monthly healing services were inaugurated last year at Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel’s instigation. “Look around our world, and you can see it needs healing—it needs a Healer,” he said. “Healing is at the heart of the Gospel, and at the heart of Christ’s ministry.”
Last year, the services were notable for attracting people from the surrounding area in Midtown Manhattan. For many it was their first introduction to Armenian Christian spirituality.
The year’s first Prayers for Healing Service will meet on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the cathedral.
Subsequent services will occur at the same time, on the last Wednesday of each month. The dates scheduled through spring are February 26, March 25, April 22, and May 27.
All are welcome to attend the Prayers for Healing services. St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral is located at 630 Second Avenue (corner of 34th Street and Second Avenue) in New York City. Contact cathedral vicar Fr. Davit Karamyan at email@example.com for information.
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