It is rare, indeed, to be able to state that an individual’s life had a genuine, beneficial impact on the entire world.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing. But to those of us who are being saved, it is the power of God. (I Corinthians 1:18)
This coming Sunday will be the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: the start of the season of the Holy Cross, one of the five major divisions of the Armenian Church calendar.
On behalf of our new Primate, the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan, and the entire Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, we wish all of you a happy Independence Day.
For well over a century now, Armenians have been blessed to merge our way of life with the bounty and liberty of this great nation of America. On these shores our people found a refuge from persecution, but also a land that would sustain and strengthen us as we sought to honor our heritage, and worship our Lord.
This Independence Day we renew our prayers, asking God to bless this land and her people, so that she may continue to be a great beacon of hope to our world, and a nurturing friend to our homeland.
This Sunday will be observed as Father’s Day across the United States: a chance to reflect, with gratitude, on the deeper meaning of fatherhood. While the surrounding popular culture may sometimes fail to treat fatherhood with due seriousness, the Armenian Church accords great reverence and respect to fathers.
The king ruled over an empire of many nations, and had a great opinion of himself. He had his own image sculpted in a statue of gold, 90 feet tall, and ordered all the authorities of his realm—political, judicial, religious—to fall down and worship it. Predictably, they all did.