FRESNO, Calif.— A book presentation of The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek, Annotated Translation of the Odes, Litanies, and Encomia by Dr. Abraham Terian will take place on Monday, February 27, at the Armenian Museum of Fresno Exhibition Hall, housed at the University of California Center, located on 550 E. Shaw Ave. Fresno, California. Social hour starts at 6:30pm, presentation at 7pm followed by book signing at 8pm.
Monday is also the first day of Great Lent in the Apostolic / Orthodox Churches, and for the Armenian Evangelical Churches. The Roman Catholic Church commemorates on this date Saint Gregory of Narek, who is most known for his prayerbook titled, Book of Lamentations. This book, which has been translated to numerous languages, is an “edifice of faith for the ages, unique in Christian literature for its rich imagery, its subtle theology, its Biblical erudition, and the sincere immediacy of its communication with God.”
“Saint Gregory of Narek, a monk of the tenth century, knew how to express the sentiments of your people more than anyone. He gave voice to the cry, which became a prayer of a sinful and sorrowful humanity, oppressed by the anguish of its powerlessness, but illuminated by the splendor of God’s love and open to the hope of his salvific intervention, which is capable of transforming all things,” said Pope Francis when proclaiming Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Universal Church.
“Terian’s is the first translation in any language of the surviving corpus of the festal works of St. Gregory of Narek, a tenth-century Armenian mystic theologian and poet par excellence (d. 1003). Composed as liturgical works for the various Dominical and related feasts, these poetic writings are literary masterpieces in both lyrical verse and narrative. Unlike Gregory’s better-known penitential prayers, these show a jubilant author in a celebratory mood. In this volume Abraham Terian, an eminent scholar of medieval Armenian literature, provides the non-specialist reader with an illuminating translation of St. Gregory of Narek s festal works. Introducing each composition with an explanatory note, Terian places the works under consideration in their author s thought-world and in their tenth-century landscape.”–Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2016.
About the Author: Abraham Terian is professor emeritus of Armenian theology and patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, Armonk, New York. A recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities award, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and of the Ambrosian Academy of Milan, he has extensive publications in the fields of Hellenistic, early Christian, and Armenian religious literature.
The Evening is Co-sponsored by The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Fresno, St. Gregory The Illuminator Armenian Church, Fowler, St. Mary’s Armenian Church, Yettem, St. Paul Armenian Church, Fresno, St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church, Fresno, St. Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Church, Reedley, First Armenian Presbyterian Church, Fresno. Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, and the Armenian Museum of Fresno
For information, you may contact the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno (559) 673-3290, the Holy Trinity Church at (559) 486-1141 or the Armenian Museum of Fresno (559) 224-1001.