The Kirikian Armenian School of St. Thomas honored the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide on April 23, 2016. Students, teachers, and parents gathered in Saddler Hall where a magnificent model of Dzidzernagapert stood at one end of the stage, and a portrait of the Martyred Saints of the Armenian Genocide was displayed at the opposite end. Each student payed his/her respects to those who perished as they approached the portrait of the Martyred Saints to pray and ask for the intercession of the Holy Martyrs to God in their prayers. Flowers were planted in their memory and honor. Principal Capan stated that “we believe that children will have lifetime memories of this activity at Kirikian Armenian School for many years to come.”
On April 24, 2016, the Armenian Church will observe its first Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. A special service will be performed after the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) to pay tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, who died in 1915 while upholding their Christian faith. The martyrs had been canonized last year in a momentous ceremony at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. We celebrate these saints as they live eternally in the glory of God.
Due to a scheduling conflict resulting from his recent Pulitzer Prize, Peter Balakian has asked us to reschedule his appearance at St. Thomas to Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:30pm. We are excited to have his first visit in the Armenian Community since his win of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry! Please join us for this very special evening – reception and book-signing.
St. Thomas Armenian Church is pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity for students and adults, ages 12 and up, in honor of National Poetry Month! Are you an amateur poet? Submit your entry to the Armenian Poetry Project competition today. A top prize will be awarded for each of the categories in the amounts of US $75 (students), $125 (college age), and $300 (adult). Entries should be e-mailed by May 28, 2016.
St. Thomas is happy to announce that there are a limited number of scholarships available to the St. Vartan Camp in Greenville, New York! This scholarship opportunity is for the children of St. Thomas Armenian Church members. Please inquire, and don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for your children. Download and view the flyer today!
The annual St. Thomas Children’s Easter Communion and Breakfast took place on Saturday, March 26. The pews were filled with children of all ages, and their families, to receive Holy Communion and then enjoy breakfast with a special guest, the Easter Bunny! What a great turnout. This special service for the children is attended every year by all Armenian children in the area. Thanks to many people at St. Thomas, this year’s communion and breakfast was an uplifting and unforgettable Easter celebration!