In the Armenian Church, memorial days of one kind or another are quite common: we observe merelots after the major feast days; we remember our departed loved ones on the karasoonk of their passing, and thereafter through annual hokehankisd services.
A special celebration will take place in the Eastern Diocese this weekend, as Dn. Timothy Aznavourian is ordained as a priest of the Armenian Church, by the hand of Bishop Daniel. The Service of Calling (Friday evening, May 28) and the Ordination Service (Saturday morning, May 29) will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of St. Mark Church (Springfield, MA).
Each year on May 28, Armenians around the world honor the anniversary of the Battle of Sardarabad and the establishment of the First Armenian Republic (1918-1920). This week marks 103 years since those fateful events.
He was a man of holiness and generosity; but also a man who could countenance the cruelest violence. His very name confessed his loyalty to God—but also prefigured the loneliness that can follow any man with such loyalties. He was Elijah the Tishbite, Elijah “the Stranger”:
The final General Session of the Eastern Diocese’s 119th Diocesan Assembly convened on the evening of Tuesday, May 25. Like its predecessors, it went forward as an online gathering, with about 120 voting delegates, and an additional 20 observers, participating remotely.