The Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople took an important step towards the election of a new patriarch last week, when it chose Bishop Sahak Mashalian to fill the role of “locum tenens”: the “placeholder” who will administer the Patriarchate until a new Armenian Patriarch is chosen.
Every summer, pastors from the Eastern Diocese answer the call to visit Armenia, and to bring their parishioners as well as their personal ministry to the homeland.
Every year, the Armenian Church reserves a day in its liturgical calendar to remember one of the more obscure figures of the Old Testament: the Prophet Zechariah. This year his saint day falls on July 16.
With deep regret, the Eastern Diocese mourns the untimely passing of Mr. Nazareth Salbashian, a longtime staff member at the Diocesan Center in New York, and manager of its St. Vartan Bookstore.
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.
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.