Armenians around the world found their hearts deeply touched on Sunday, April 12, as Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In an exquisite service in the Armenian rite, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church offered prayers in memory of the Armenian martyrs of 1915, and expressed his profound solidarity with the Armenian people in their historic struggles and continuing aspirations.
Close to 2,000 worshippers gathered at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York on Easter Sunday and greeted one another with the joyous words, “Krisdos haryav ee merelotz! Orhnyal eh harootiunun Krisdosee!” during church services at the cathedral on April 5.
By Madlen E. Setian
On Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015, the St. Thomas Armenian Church of Tenafly, NJ, proudly celebrated the milestone of the 50th anniversary of its consecration. The parish was once again honored by the presence of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), who participated in the Divine Liturgy, delivered the homily and presided over the celebratory dinner.
By Florence Avakian
“The center of gravity of the Armenian Church’s liturgical year is undoubtedly Holy Week,” the eight days leading to Easter, says the introduction of a fascinating new book which debuted on Thursday evening, March 19, during a lecture presented by its author, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, director of the Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center.
St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will observe Holy Week, March 29 through April 4, with a series of special services, culminating in the Easter Sunday celebration on April 5, 2015.