His Holiness Vasken I presided over a period of historic importance in the Armenian Church. Indeed, he made history through the heroic way he faced the great challenges and opportunities of his time.
This summer marks 20 years since the passing of His Holiness Karekin I, the 131st Catholicos of All Armenians. His Holiness had the distinction of being the first catholicos elected in the free Republic of Armenia. That fact alone would have secured his place in our history.
Of the wicked mass murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on August 3, there is little of meaning to be said, beyond these words adapted from the Armenian hokehankisd service.
On behalf of our Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan and the entire Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, we wish all of you a happy Independence Day.
As the great-grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator, he was heir to Armenia’s most exalted lineage, and possessed all the qualities of a great spiritual leader. Yet he resisted becoming a priest, and by some accounts only accepted ordination and advancement at the insistence of Armenia’s king.