In the Armenian Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran there is a peculiar and precious manuscript kept under the number N6288. It is better known as the Gospel of Haghpat. It was created in 1211 A.D. in the monastery of Haghpat by the request of Ani resident Sahak. Once completed the manuscript was taken to Ani […]

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There is always Hope

When we being just babies were brought to church to be baptised, standing next to baptismal font something very interesting and important happened when the priest asked our godfathers the same question three times, over and over, “Godfather, what does this child request”. And each time the godfather would reply quoting the words of St. […]

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Sermon: We Need a Friend

Through today’s Gospel reading the church invites us to reflect on the message of the Parable of Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-31). It is a story about a steward who was accused by the landowner of squandering the properties he was managing. He was summoned to a meeting by the landlord and asked to present his […]

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Sermon – Lent: A Season of Bright Sadness

During the Great Lent everything around us appears to transform. We intentionally do things that subdue our mood by abstaining from foods and things we enjoy. The black closed curtain separates us from the altar, clergy start using black vestments. The monotone penitential hymns, the dim and dark churches and vigil services usher in sober […]

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Lent: Giving Up or Giving Back?

On Monday morning, after the hassle of who wears what and eats what at school, as we were driving to school Emma suddenly with a very concerned voice said “I still don’t know what my Lent is going to be”. At first, I did not even understand what it meant. She explained that she was […]

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The Faith of St. Vartan: Who Do We Trust?

What happens to us when we are confronted by unexpected and dire turn of events in our lives? What goes on deep inside the ocean of the human psyche when the very existence of our most cherished values, values forming the bases of our identity and defining who we truly are, are questioned, threatened and […]

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El Greco was a Greek iconographer who moved to Italy where he was immersed in Italian renaissance. He sorts of merged his training and experience as an iconographer with contemporary principles of European renaissance and something beautiful, new and unique emerged. Unfortunately, his art was not appreciated much during his lifetime, until the 20th century […]

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