The doors of our churches may be closed, but faithful Armenian Christians are finding creative ways to connect with each other and join together in prayer, worship, and spiritual reflection.
A lot is happening on the Eastern Diocese’s Facebook page, which has seen a great deal of activity and growth as it shares local parish posts, and links to original content. Last Sunday, the page served as a portal to worship broadcasts from a dozen local parishes. Tune in again this Sunday, and throughout the week, for updates.
Local parish websites and Facebook pages are also active with sermons, short messages, and online services. Here’s a link to a Lenten service on Friday night (March 27) at Cleveland’s St. Gregory of Narek Church—but other parishes are doing similar broadcasts throughout the week.
Pastors have been digging deep creatively to devise new platforms for their ministry. As just one example, this week saw the launch of a new half-hour video program, “Faith in the Fiery Furnace,” hosted by three Diocesan clergymen who discuss the power of faith in times of trial. It’s also available as an audio podcast.
On the Eastern Diocese’s Youtube platform, you can browse an entire library on videos on a variety of Armenian Church topics. There you can also find full-length badaraks filmed at St. Vartan Cathedral (here’s a link to the Armenian Christmas liturgy from January).
Please share these links and resources with others who might benefit from our “virtual community” of faith, encouragement, and mutual support.