The View from the Cross

March 15, 44 BC in Rome was not an ordinary day. The homes, streets and markets were overtaken by unrest and worry as the residents learned about Julius Caesar’s assassination. The beloved leader was killed; the protector of Rome was no more. The brave general who fought, survived, and prevailed against Barbarian armies was betrayed […]

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No Room For Indifference

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein The beauty, grace and harmony of the night sky have always inspired and captivated the human imagination. It gave humanity hope that beyond this world of pain and suffering, […]

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Fractured: Finding Our Wholeness in Christ

Today, we are celebrating the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak. It is one of the four feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross and is unique to the Armenian Church. This miraculous event most probably took place on December 30, 660 A.D., when the relic of the Holy Cross, long thought to be lost, […]

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Crowned with the Cross

The ancient lectionary of the Armenian Church does something extraordinary when it comes to today’s Gospel reading. Last week we celebrated the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and stepped into a liturgical period dedicated to the Holy Cross. One would expect that the lectionary Bible readings would be about the Cross and […]

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The Way of the Cross

Being able to find our way, being able to explore and navigate the world we live in is an essential survival skill. From the earliest periods of civilization, humanity looked up to the bright and beautiful stars of the skies for guidance, charted and mapped the known world, we invented instruments and devices that help […]

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Touched by Christ

Beethoven first noticed difficulties with his hearing when he was about 28. By the age of 31 he lost about 60 percent of his hearing and became totally deaf when he was about 44 or 45. Beethoven’s worst fear came true. The genius of a sound, the man who gave the gift of the most […]

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Loneliness: The absence of Christ is the Crisis

Last week we talked about loneliness as an epidemic that takes over our lives, impacts our relationships, families and well-being. We recognized that it is of paramount importance for us as a community of faith to act and minister to those most vulnerable to loneliness. Today, I would like us to reflect and think about […]

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Not Alone: Responding to the Loneliness Epidemic

When we read biblical stories about great miracles we are often captivated by the divine, the extraordinary, the miraculous. It is sometimes very easy to overlook the important role and function a simple human being plays in the realization of great miracles. Today’s Gospel reading is extraordinary, because very intentionally and clearly it highlights the […]

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We Are the Grapes

Not long ago, I was talking to one of our parishioners and this person was sharing how exhausted he felt from not being able to help enough, make a real difference, from the scope of grief, disaster and misery all around us. “Der Hayr’, he said, “I just sent a check for Artsakh, then there […]

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