On Sunday, December 12, St. Mary Church of Washington, DC, celebrated its 89th anniversary. As a part of the occasion, parishioners and friends honored the 50th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Eastern Diocese’s Legate and Ecumenical Director.
The 50th ordination anniversary of a distinguished clergyman and longtime leader of the Armenian Church was marked with a special tribute in October.
Scholars and religious leaders from around the world met at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin earlier this month for the International Conference on Religious Freedom and Peace.
“Today, the safety and integrity of more than a thousand years of Armenian Christian culture are hanging by the slimmest of threads,” said Archbishop Vicken Aykazian last week, during a major gathering of political, diplomatic, and faith leaders in Washington, DC.
The National Council of Church released a strong statement this week calling for humanitarian aid to Armenia and Artsakh, and the release of all captive soldiers and civilians held by Azerbaijan.