On Saturday, September 10, eleven of the Kirikian Armenian School teachers gathered for the annual Armenian Teacher’s Symposium sponsored and directed by the Armenian Studies Program of the Diocese of the Armenian Church. Held at the new St. Nersess Seminary in Armonk, NY, the speaker for the day was Dr. Herand Markarian – scientist, playwright, poet, and translator. He addressed the teachers regarding the challenges facing the Armenian Educator and spoke of the role of the Armenian school teacher as one who prepares, molds, and creates ‘better’ Armenians.
On Sunday, September 11, we celebrated one of the five major Tabernacle (Daghavar) Feasts in the Armenian Church – the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khachverats or Veratsumn Srpo Khachi). on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Divine Liturgy includes an antasdan service (blessing of the fields) during which the processional cross is adorned with basil (a symbol of royalty) and the four corners of the church are blessed as a symbol for all the world. On the Saturday preceding the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, faithful members of the St. Thomas Armenian Church family traditionally decorate the pedestal for the Holy Cross. Mrs. Rosine Hovsepian and Taleen Torisian decorated the Holy Cross this year. “Today’s raising of the cross is just a reminder of our everyday reverence of it. It is the power of God.”
St. Thomas hosted a clergy conference on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. It was a regional meeting of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church. Among the attendees welcomed by our Fr. Papken was His Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese.