To mark Thanksgiving, Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel issued a special greeting to the faithful of the Eastern Diocese:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap, if we do not lose heart.”
I convey my blessings to you and your family on one of the most meaningful observances of the year: Thanksgiving.
Certainly, our experiences on this Thanksgiving will be different from our celebrations of the past. In this year of anxiety, hardship, and grief, we pray for all the souls who will not be with us—among our families, in our communities, and in our homeland of Armenia and Artsakh.
Yet the spiritual essence of the day remains the same: to honor God’s presence among us, and offer heartfelt gratitude for the blessings He has bestowed. As children of the Armenian Church, we place our faith in the greatest of these blessings: God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ.
In that spirit, on Thanksgiving and in the days to come, let us not grow weary, nor lose heart (cf. Galatians 6:9); but let us instead, according to the words of our Divine Liturgy, bless the Lord at all times, and keep his praises continually on our lips.
May the blessings of Thanksgiving, and this season of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, be with you and your loved ones always.
With my prayers,