Blessing Of The Holy Icon
Of The Martyrs Of The Armenian Genocide

 

Holy IconThe icon of Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide was commissioned by the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II, and painted by Tigran Barkhanajyan specifically for the 2015 Ceremony of Canonization, marking the 100th year of remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

The Holy Icon was unveiled and consecrated in an historic ceremony at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on April 23, 2015.

The Holy Icon depicts the first “new” saints to be recognized by the Armenian Church in several centuries: the martyrs who “gave their lives during the Armenian Genocide for faith and for the homeland.”

The Holy Martyrs are portrayed in the dress typical of the Ottoman empire in 1915, and represent all ranks of Western Armenian society: men, women, children, and the elderly; merchants, intellectuals, artists, clergymen, farmers—all of whom perished in the brutal genocide of 1915.

The Armenian Church has endured a significant amount of martyrdom and holy living throughout its history. As faithful descendants of the Armenian Church, we are called upon to be more than just inspired by our saints, but to emulate our ancestors and follow their love of God, Christ, and the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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