Karekin II, Aram I Commemorate Armenian Genocide

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I, accompanied by members of the Bishops' Synod from around the world, offer prayers at the eternal flame of the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial in Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The Supreme Patriarch and the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I held a joint prayer to God at the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. A Bishops’ Synod will meet on Nov. 11 at the Holy See of Mother Etchmiadzin, which will discuss the issue of canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

The leaders of the Armenian episcopates from different countries, headed by Karekin II and Aram I, laid flowers at the Eternal Flame in Dzidzernagapert in memory of 1.5 million innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide, after which they held a memorial service.

Aram I stressed that the centennial of the Armenian Genocide will be marked by two important events.

“The 100th anniversary of the Genocide must become a crucial milestone in the development of our nation’s history,” Aram I said. “For 100 years we remembered and reminded others about the Genocide; now it is time for new demands, time for new colors in our history. It is absolutely important to remember the 100th Anniversary, organize events, remember our martyrs; however, I think there should be two important events. First, we should canonize the martyrs of the Genocide as the martyrs of the faith and of the country. Second, we must organize initiatives in Armenia and the Diaspora that illustrate the Armenian people’s firm resolve in seeking justice,” said Aram I.


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  1. Arto said:

    Forget about canonizing and organizing initiatives. If you want to make a difference in the Armenian nation for the 100th Anniversary of the Genocide, end the separation of the two Churches and bring the Armenian people TOGETHER as ONE.

  2. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    British People Remember
    To Add Another Leaf to Your Red Poppy
    For The Genocided Armenians (April 24, 1915)

    Before the World War I . . .
    Our Genocide began.
    You lost young soldiers,
    Martyred with their guns,

    Who went passionately,
    Defending their Crown;
    They did not return, . . .
    Were lamented by their nation

    By parents, wives, offspring,
    And their countrymen.
    You lost your bravest men . . . and
    We felt your sadness.

    We lost almost all our Artful, Literate
    Voiceless, Devoted, Enslaved populaces
    Slaughtered . . . raped . . . dehydrated . . .
    Famineated on the sunny Der Zor sand!

    When you remember your Armistice Day*,
    Please remember, for your soldiers’ sake,
    Our slaughtered unborn sons
    Who never grew to become young men!

    They fell to defend their dignity . . .
    Their faith, yours and each honest human.
    Along with democracy . . . human rights . . .
    Awake . . . return to your faith . . .

    Remember the Armenian Genocide.
    Add another leaf to your red poppy,
    And make Remembrance Day
    More humanitarian.

    We have not yet regained our rights,
    To our historic homeland . . .
    Our Biblical Mount Ararat of civilized hearts,
    Where the martyred proud reign.

    (C) Sylva Portoian, M.D
    From my poetry Collection ” A poetic Soul Shined of Genocides” 2008
    It will appear once again in my new collection
    “BRING-OUT Our Genocided Skulls & Artful Hands, 2015″

    From my Poetry collection “A Poetic Soul Shined of Genocides” 2008 will be published in my new collection, 2015
    “BRING-OUT Our Genocided Skulls & Artful Hands” 2015
    *November 11, 1918

  3. Satenik said:

    A very apt and touching poetry. I enjoyed reading your beautiful poem. Thank you.