New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral welcomed a distinguished visitor on Sunday, April 7, in the person of Bishop Sahak Mashalian, of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Annunciation.
Around this time of year, our church prescribes a Scripture reading from the Gospel of Luke, concerning a tragedy in a family household. A man named Jairus and his wife had a daughter, and this girl—only 12 years old—lay dying in their home.
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.
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.
The Eastern Diocese’s annual Awards Banquet went forward in a family-like setting of mutual admiration, affection, and encouragement, on the evening of Friday, May 4 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison, NY.