A typical Martyrs Day is an occasion of intense activity in the Armenian community, with large public gatherings and densely packed sacred observances. But the 2020 commemoration saw Armenians across the world prohibited from coming together physically, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Eastern Diocese was deeply grieved by the loss of Aso Tavitian, a generous benefactor of both the Diocese and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, who passed away on April 21, 2020, at the age of 80.
At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, marked 105 years since the start of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2020, with solemn observances at several locations in Armenia.
Throughout the coming week (April 26-30), the Eastern Diocese will continue its online gatherings for young people. This marks the sixth week of the online fellowship initiative called #StayHome and #StayConnected.
The Eastern Diocese’s Facebook page is sharing live and recorded broadcasts of church services for the “Sunday of the World Church,” April 26.