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.
In life, he was celebrated as a prolific author and novelist, who was a pioneering activist in what would later be known as the cause of human rights.
Lord, as we witness from afar the stunning developments in the Republic of Armenia, we stand in grateful awe of your majesty, and your merciful attention to the prayers of our people.
The well-being of spiritual leaders, and how it affects their families and flocks, is a personal issue for me.
Living it for 22 years as the wife of a priest, I have witnessed at first-hand how a healer can indeed become the wounded—physically, emotionally, mentally, and also spiritually.
The Easter Message of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian,
Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America