Please join your voice in a solemn prayer for peace at this most critical time in the national life of the Armenian people.
Our Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan has directed parishes across the Eastern Diocese to conduct a special evening service, “A Prayer for Artsakh,” to ask our Lord to bring security, peace, and justice to our besieged homeland.
The prayer service will take place on Wednesday, September 30, starting at 6 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. CDT) at our local parishes, and will include a special “Prayer for Peace in Artsakh and Armenia” (see below).
Bishop Daniel will preside over the service at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York, which will be broadcast over the cathedral Facebook page. Click here to access the page.
Many local parishes will livestream the service; where possible, churches will also be open for worshippers to attend, according to local regulations. Check your local parish for details.
At the appointed hour, please join with your fellow faithful of the Armenian Church—in person, online, or wherever you may find yourself—in this urgent prayer to our merciful Lord Jesus Christ.
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A Prayer for Peace in Artsakh and Armenia
O Lord our God, we appeal to your divine mercy for the protection of the Armenian nation while we face the attacks and aggression of our enemy. Loving Lord, listen to the voice of our supplications and keep unshaken the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh.
Guard our nation and our brave soldiers under the shadow of your holy and venerable cross in peace, and with your divine grace strengthen us all to protect our homeland in any way we can.
Increase the grace of wisdom among those who are at the helm of the state—namely Prime Minister of Armenia Pashinyan and President of Nagorno-Karabagh Harutyunyan, all the ministers and the entire government—so they can wisely lead your people during this challenging and dangerous time for our nation. Grant to our generals and soldiers a great spirit of valor.
Hold out your most generous merciful hand and bless our entire people so that a spirit of courage, unity, care, love for one another, understanding, and divine worship would rest upon us.
Bless the bright souls of those who have already lost their lives in this war, and save the lives of those who are bravely protecting our borders and the lives of the innocent civilians who are currently under attack.
Let us all, as children of Haik and adopted children of the Armenian Church, put on the armor of Faith in Christ, take up the sword of the Spirit, and crown our heads with the helmet of Hope and Courage, asking God to bestow on us the grace of His mercy, and help us to stop this war and to stop the enemy. Amen.