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Living Voices: Nersess Shnorhali

Nearly a thousand years after his death, his influence is still felt every day in the Armenian Church. The soaring hymns that praise God, the sensitive prayers that beg His forgiveness, the policies of mercy and outreach that guide the operations of the church—all bear the mark of St. Nersess Shnorhali. His title Shnorhali means “full of grace”—and the…

Crowns Down

This Tuesday in the Armenian Church sacred calendar, is the Feast of Saint Abgar, the first Christian King.  From the tile, this feast doesn’t seem particularly relevant. Mention saints and kings and we see images of bearded men in purple robes, a golden halo echoing, a golden crown and gold rings on every finger.  Saints…

How to Slay a Dragon

This coming week the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of St. George the Warrior, Ս. Գէօրգ Զօրավոր. We haven’t paid much attention to this feast day at St. Hagop, maybe because we don’t really know anyone important with the name George☺. But I can quickly catch you up on the story of St. George, because…

Thirteenth Apostles

This weekend, in the Armenian Church sacred calendar, we celebrate the feast day of “The Twelve Holy Apostles of Christ and St. Paul, the Thirteenth Apostle.”  We would do well to think of the twelve apostles on this day, it was their faith and sacrifice which extended the sacrifice of our Lord to all corners…

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

The Armenian Church canonized the holy martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at Holy Etchmiadzin on April 23, 2015, in observance of the 100th anniversary of that cataclysm. This video explores the significance of that canonization, as well as the larger meaning of sainthood and martyrdom in the Christian tradition.