Saturday, April 24, 2010

95 years ago today: the Armenian genocide began
Starting the big change from making newspapers (to be phased out over five years) to online video reporting, I went to a school assembly and service yesterday commemorating this, at a place run by proper nuns (not bad modified habits), Armenian Catholics from Armenia. As it’s the only Armenian school around it gets many Armenian Apostolic families (they have several local churches; I’ve been to one). At the end four priests — one Armenian Catholic (I’ve been to his church), vested (the Armenian chasuble/phelonion is cut all the way in front so it looks like a cope), and three Apostolic (not vested, in choir habits including a hooded monk) — and an Armenian Congregational minister (!) sang the requiem service, all in Armenian.

Essentially the Turks have been trying for years to wipe out the Christian presence in the lands they took and now call Turkey (especially Asia Minor: part of Greece).

Of course I hope to post a link to the video (can’t embed from that site) when it’s finished.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, Son of God, forbearing and compassionate, have pity in thy love as our creator upon the souls of thy servants who are at rest, especially upon the souls of thy servants the one and one-half million Armenians who lost their lives as victims of a genocide perpetrated against the Armenian nation during the First World War, and for whom we are offering these prayers. Be mindful of them in the great day of the coming of thy kingdom. Make them worthy of mercy, of expiation and forgiveness of sins. Reckon them and glorify them with the company of thy saints at thy right hand. For thou art Lord, the creator of all, judge of all the living and the dead, and to thee is befitting glory, dominion and honour, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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