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.