Friday, 24 June 2016
Monday, 20 June 2016
Member of Turkish parliament from HDP party Garo Paylan
President Sargsyan congratulates Queen Elizabeth II on birthday
15 Jun 2016
On the occasion of the National Holiday of the Great Britain and
Northern Ireland – Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II – President Serzh
Sargsyan sent a congratulatory message to Queen Elizabeth II and Prime
Minister David Cameron.
On the occasion of the Holiday, the President of Armenia congratulated
and sent good wishes to the Queen, Royal Family, and the friendly
people of the United Kingdom. “Armenia attaches great importance to
the relations with the United Kingdom. A continuous political dialogue
has been formed, joint works have been carried out in the areas of
trade and encouragement of investments, contacts in the area of
culture and education have developed, and efficient cooperation has
been going on in the framework of different programs aimed at the
implementation of reforms in Armenia. I am hopeful that we will be
able to augment all this with new accomplishments. I thank you and the
Royal Family for the contribution to the development of cooperation
between Armenia and the United Kingdom. I am confident that Your
Majesty will continue to keep the development of our relations in the
focus of Your Majesty’s attention with the same consistency,” reads
the congratulatory message of the President of Armenia to Queen
In the congratulatory message addressed to Prime Minister David
Cameron, Serzh Sargsyan expressed confidence that the Armenian-British
relations, which are based on mutual interests and friendly ties,
through joint efforts will continue to deepen for the benefit of the
On the occasion of the Great Britain’s National Holiday, President
Serzh Sargsyan visited today the residence of the UK Ambassador to
Armenia. He congratulated Ambassador Judith Farnworth and the entire
staff of the Embassy and wished the friendly people of the Great
Britain well being and prosperity. The President expressed confidence
that this Holiday has a special meaning for the citizens of the UK
because in the person of Her Majesty the people of Great Britain see
not only the longest reigning monarch in the history of their country,
but a wise and caring leader, whose activities for decades have been
promoting the reputation of the United Kingdom.
15 Jun 2016
June 15 is the day of Armenian state symbols. The symbols are “eternal
truths” that pass not only information, but also values from
generation to generation. In a way, they represent the collective
memory of mankind.
Like every nation, Armenians have created their symbolsin the course
of centuries, but the state symbols are particularly dear to us, as a
nation that has lost and regained statehood several times in history.
The third Republic of Armenia inherited and adopted all three symbols
of the first Republic of Armenia proclaimed on May 28, 1918 – the
flag, the coat of arms and the anthem.
The coat-of-arms of the Republic of Armenia was confirmed on August
23rd 1990 by the Armenian Supreme Counsel. The new modern design is
based on the coat-of-arms of the first Republic of Armenia
(1918-1920), which originally was designed by architect Aleksandr
Tamanyan and painter Hagop Kodjoyan.
In the centre of the shield is Mount Ararat – the symbol of the
Armenian nation. On its peak rests Noah’s Ark, which, according to the
Bible, came to rest here after the great flood. Surrounding Mount
Ararat are symbols of old Armenian dynasties.
At the bottom of the shield are five objects: a broken chain
representing our freedom and independence; a sword, which stands for
the power and strength of our nation; a bundle of wheat flower,
representing the industrious nature of the Armenian people’ a feather
pen symbolizing the intellectual and cultural heritage of the Armenian
people, and a tricolor ribbon – the flag of the Republic of Armenia.
The Armenian flag has three equal sized horizontal bands: the top
stripe is red, the middle one blue and the bottom stripe is orange.
The colors on the Armenia flag represent its people.
The red symbolizes the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people’s
continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Christian faith,
Armenia’s independence and freedom. The blue stands for the will of
the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies. The orange
symbolizes the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people
“Mer Hayrenik” (Our Fatherland) is the national anthem of the Republic
of Armenia. Adopted on 1 July 1991, it was also the national anthem of
the First Republic of Armenia (1918–1920), the first modern Armenian
The lyrics of the anthem are adapted from a version of Song of an
Italian girl by Mikael Nalbandian (1829–1866) later set to music by
composer Barsegh Kanachyan (1885–1967).
Armenian Church Faithful Invited To Greet Pope
The Armenian Apostolic Church called on its followers on Wednesday to
gather at its main cathedral in Echmiadzin to greet Pope Francis at
the start of his landmark visit to Armenia on June 24.
`The Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin invites its faithful to the Mother
Cathedral at 15:35 on June 24 to participate in the official welcoming
ceremony for Pope Francis, the Holy Bishop of Rome, which will be held
upon his arrival,' read a statement posted on the church website late.
Worshippers will not need official invitations to attend the religious
ceremony, it said.
Garegin (Karekin) II, the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic
Church, and President Serzh Sarkisian invited Francis to visit their
country when they separately travelled to the Vatican in 2014. Both
men also attended his papal inauguration in 2013, highlighting
Armenia's growing ties with the Roman Catholic Church.
The official logo of the three-day visit is clearly designed to
symbolize that rapprochement. It is a round seal painted yellow and
purple: the official flag colors of the Vatican and the Armenian
Church respectively. The logo also displays the emblems of the two
Francis will have a busy schedule during the upcoming trip. His
planned engagements include a visit to the Armenian genocide memorial
in Yerevan, an open-air mass for Armenian Catholics in Gyumri, and a
joint ecumenical service with Garegin in Yerevan's central Republic
Francis has repeatedly paid tribute to some 1.5 million Armenians that
were massacred or starved to death by the Ottoman Turks during the
First World War. He described the massacres as `the first genocide of
the 20th century' during an April 2015 mass at the Vatican's
St. Peter's Basilica dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the
Turkey accused the pontiff of distorting history and recalled its
ambassador to the Vatican in protest. Armenia denounced the furious
The late Pope John Paul II recognized the Armenian genocide in a joint
declaration with Garegin that was adopted during his 2001 visit to
Armenia. Francis is also due to issue a joint declaration with
districts in Aleppo
16 June, 2016
YEREVAN, JUNE 16. Armenia harshly condemns the deliberate
and consistent bombardment of Armenianpopulated districts in Aleppo,
which have claimed dozens of lives only in Armenianpopulated
districts, causing great material damages, Head of Armenian Mission to
the OSCE, Ambassador Arman Kirakosyan announced at the meeting of OSCE
Permanent Council on June 16.
As “Armenpress” was informed from the press service of MFA Armenia, he
expressed concern over the recent attacks on Aleppo by the Al-Nusra
Front, claiming lives of numerous civilians.
The Armenian Ambassador stated that during the last years the Armenian
mission has regularly raised the issue of terrosis organizations
operating in Syria and Iraq, particularly, the “Islamic State”, the
Al-Nusra Front and other groups linked with “Al-Qaeda”. It was stated
that ethnic and religious minorities, including the Armenian
community, are a primary target for those terrorist groups.
Ambassador Kirakosyan stated that the mentioned terrorist
organizations are a serious threat for the security of OSCE area.
The Armenian Ambassador referred to the Ministerial Declarations of
the OSCE Basel and Belgrade meetings, as well as the 2170, 2178, 2199
and 2249 resolutions of the UNSC, calling on all the state to
implement their commitments for struggle against terrorism assumed by
the mentioned documents. Arman Kirakosyan particularly called on
Turkey to stop providing its territory to terrorist groups for
launching attacks against civilians of Syria.
17 Jun 2016
Few days ago “HayPost” took part in “New York-2016” world philately expo.
The Armenian collection with stamps from 2013, 2014 and 2015,
presented by “HayPost”, took the second place at the philately
competition organized under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union
within the framework of the expo.
The collection consists from 29 stamps and Souvenir sheets, dedicated
to the Armenian culture, history, the nature of Armenia, etc.
The exhibition of “HayPost” in the great international philately expo
of New York, organized once a decade, awoke high interest among the
Special attention was attached to the models of stamps and S-sheets
dedicated to the Pope, developed and designed by the experts of
“HayPost”. These stamps and S-sheets are already printed and shall be
cancelled in a solemn ceremony during the visit of the Pope to
The expo featured participants from more than 120 philately unions and
organizations of different countries, National Operators of Postal
Communication from more than fifty countries. This was the first time
“HayPost” presented an individual pavilion in an exposition of such a
high range, making Armenia more visible to the philately world.
Two S-sheets, dedicated to “New York-2016” expo and “Rio-2016” Summer
Olympics, were cancelled by “HayPost” during this event.
June 17, 2016
PanARMENIAN.Net - Adult obesity prevalence in Armeniastands at 19.5%,
putting the country in the 88th spot among 190 nations worldwide
(countries are ranked from lowest to highest), according to data
published in the 2016 Global Nutrition Report (GNR).
The 2016 Global Nutrition Report (GNR), prepared by the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), provides an independent and
annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition. The 2016 edition
of the report brings together the latest available data and
experiences from around the world.
Adult overweight and obesity prevalence constitute 55.5% in Armenia.
600 million adults (ages 18+) were obese as of 2014 worldwide, with
the 13% of the global population constituting the current prevalence
of obesity. People are considered obese when their body mass index
(BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the
square of the person's height, is over 30 kg/m2,with the range 25–30
kg/m2 defined as overweight.
The report further suggests that 11.5% of adult Armenians have
diabetes (high blood glucose).
Out of 5 billion adults worldwide, one in every 12 has type 2
diabetes, the World Health Organization says, with the 9% of people
suffering from the disorder globally.
Based on the exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rate (under 6 months), the
country comes in the 72nd at 34.6%, the current EBF prevalence
standing at 39% globally.
25.9% of Armenian women of reproductive age have anemia, the report
says, while 533 million (as of 2011) women between the ages of 15 and
49 years (nonpregnant and pregnant) suffer from this condition
Overweight prevalence among Armenian children under 5 is 16.8%.
According to the report, the number of such children is increasing,
with an estimated 41 million kids or 6.1% globally overweight as of
Also, the researchers at the IFPRI have studied stunted growth and
wasting among children under 5. Stunting is a reduced growth rate in
human development. Wasting, also known as wasting syndrome, refers to
the process by which a debilitating disease causes muscle and fat
tissue to "waste" away.
Wasting and stunting prevalence in Armenia stand at 4.2% and 20.8%,
respectively, with global figures leaving a lot to be desired. 50
million kids or 7.5% children globally have wasting syndrome, while
some 159 million or 23.8% have stunted growth.
16110 Trees To Be Felled Down To Lay Iran-Armenia 400 kW
June 15, 2016
Forest-covered area will be destroyed in the area of 101600 cum in
Meghri-Noravan section: 16110 trees will be cut down to lay
Iran-Armenia 400 kW second electricity air line. The aim of this
project is to increase the annual yearly volume of the electricity
exported to Iran.
The Armenian section of the electricity air line starts from Agarak
and goes to Hrazdan TPP through Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Gegharkounik and
Kotayq Regions. The economic damage caused to environment makes up
413,37 million AMD.
According to “High Voltage Electric Networks” CJSC Deputy to Chief
Architect Smbat Arshakyan, tree felling won’t be carried out unless
the reforestation project submitted to Nature Protection Ministry is
Under the project, the reforestation area has been provided from
Artsvanik Forestry Enterprise of “ArmForest” CJSC in Syunik Region,
where around 13.48 ha will be reforested. 37406 trees will be planted
during two years, out of which 29925 tees will be planted in the first
year. The other part for reforestation will be provided by Nature
Protection Ministry. In reply to EcoLur’s question whether forest
felling is designed in the specially protected areas of nature, Smbatt
Arshakyan found it difficult to answer.
June 16 2016
The Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia says the Ministry of
Taking into consideration the importance of the lawsuit, the
The response rejected the Justice Ministry’s ungrounded and
Germany’s century-long struggle with the Armenian genocide
By STEFAN IHRIG
The Armenian genocide and the German dimension of it should make us
rethink our perception of humanity – what does it mean that people
knew of genocide and mass atrocities in progress? And did so already
in the years before the Holocaust?
Perhaps Germany’s recent vote to recognize the Armenian genocide as a
genocide as well as its own role in it might come as a surprise to
many there as well as abroad. But the Armenian genocide has a long
German history. Already over a hundred years ago, in January 1916, the
agenda of the German parliament featured a question about the Armenian
A month earlier the socialist parliament member Karl Liebknecht had
submitted a written question to the German chancellor in which he
mentioned that Armenians had been “butchered in the hundred
thousands”: would Germany would do something for the remaining
Armenians now? Liebknecht’s question had come on the heels of a
similar request made a few weeks earlier by the Catholic and
Protestant Churches of Germany to the chancellor. He had replied that
Germany would ensure that nobody suffered from persecution on
religious grounds. Political Germany, the Churches and Liebknecht knew
that this answer was an outright rejection. People at the time
understood what was happening not so much as a religious matter, but
rather in terms of national or racial persecution.
When Liebknecht’s question was finally answered in parliament, it
turned into a rather disgraceful performance by Germany’s
After having received another evasive answer, Liebknecht responded
that some experts after all spoke of the “extermination of the
Armenians.” He was laughed off the stage and treated like a buffoon.
And yet, behind closed doors political Germany knew Liebknecht was
right. Since May 1915 German diplomats in the Ottoman Empire had
bombarded their Constantinople embassy and Berlin with reports of
genocide in progress; many of these diplomats begged their superiors
to intervene for the Armenians, to stop genocide, in vain.
After the end of World War I, the German Foreign Office published a
collection from precisely this diplomatic correspondence on the
Armenians to fend off accusations of German guilt during the Paris
peace treaty negotiations. This attempt failed – not least because
Germany had done nothing of real import for the Armenians, all the
while enabling the Ottoman leadership to carry out genocide – but it
kicked off a debate in Germany itself about this “murder of a nation”
or “annihilation of the Armenians” which continued in some form until
This debate took shocking twists and turns: condemnation and denial,
trivialization and shock, and finally broad acceptance of the charge
of “murder of a nation,” i.e. genocide – only then to have some
far-right voices, including the Nazis, to go on to outright justify
genocide. All this merely a decade before Hitler came to power – and
yes, already then (Jewish) commentators warned of the possible future
implications of this shocking genocide debate for the Jews of Germany
under Nazi or other radical far-right rule.
Germany’s own checkered history with the violence against the Ottoman
Armenians (from the 1890s) is indeed and itself the link between the
Armenian genocide and the Holocaust. But this link is not at all
necessary for recognizing the Armenian genocide for what it was, and
neither are the comparisons to the Holocaust, which have often
obscured the unique, intrinsic significance of the Armenian genocide.
And often enough these have been used to fend off the application of
The German diplomatic documents, first published in selection in 1919
and now available in expanded editions in German and English (2005 and
2013), edited by former Der Spiegel editor Wolfgang Gust, are the
greatest advocates of the label “genocide.” Denialists generally
choose to simply ignore the existence of these documents.
This is mainly because there is no easy way to dismiss them and no
sensible (denialist) explanation as to why German diplomats would make
up reports of genocide, continually so, when these caused such great
anxiety in Berlin about the political fallout of genocide right from
Thus a hundred years later, with the Bundestag’s resolution on the
Armenian genocide Germany has found a (first) conclusion to its very
own hundred-year conflict over the Armenian topic. Thus German
parliament did not only deliberate on the history of another country,
but made a statement about its own Armenian history. The Armenian
genocide is, to some extent, also a German story. It cannot be
relegated to the obscurity of specialist historical writing and
historiographical debate; it is part of the core experiences and
themes of our bloody and traumatic 20th century.
The Armenian genocide and the German dimension of it should make us
rethink our perception of humanity – what does it mean that people
knew of genocide and mass atrocities in progress? And did so already
in the years before the Holocaust? It has long been assumed that there
had been silence on the Armenian genocide in interwar Germany and that
this silence had been “a signal for the Shoah” – but it turns out the
opposite was true. There had been a debate, a real genocide debate
(about the extent, intent and implications of this murder of a
people). What does this mean for our understanding of the Holocaust?
This latest recognition should also make us discuss when and where
this bloody 20th century really began. In Eastern Anatolia during the
Armenian genocide? In the sands of Libya during the Italo-Turkish War
of 1911-1912? Or in German Southwest Africa during the genocide of the
Herero and Nama people (1904-07)? Was there not, historically, a
trajectory of large-scale violence which led from colonial spaces to
the Middle East and Anatolia and from there back to Europe?
Parliamentary recognition is not enough (and the Herero and Nama are
still waiting for it), but it can be a starting point for coming to
terms with a past that is vaster, more complex and so much bloodier
than often assumed.
And nothing of this relativizes the Holocaust or minimizes Germany’s
guilt and responsibility – quite the contrary.
The author is a historian at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the
University of Haifa. His most recent books include: Justifying
Genocide – Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler (Harvard
University Press, 2016) and Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination (Harvard
University Press, 2014).
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BREXIT WOULD BE GOOD FOR EUROPE AND GOOD FOR BRITAIN. BUT IT WON'T HAPPEN.
Leaving the EU, the Remain creeps threaten, would be tantamount to the Apocalypse. Because it would open the UK door to terrorists, destroy business and the economy, push up prices, cut pensions, screw up the NHS, be a disaster for universities, science and little children, cause air pollution, increase xenophobia, endanger MP’s lives, please ogres like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, halt foreign investment, collapse the stock market, usher in World War III…and so merrily on.
True or false? Rubbish or good sense? Realism or project fear? It won’t be the Apocalypse, that is certain. Because only God can unleash that final, cosmic mega-battle between Good and Evil, not the puny animalcules called human beings. Although the EU’s declared un-Christian character must be gratifying to the Devil and irksome to the Lord, I doubt it is enough for Him to set off Armageddon. Nonetheless, a Leave vote is perhaps the lesser evil…
Britain’s departure would be good for Europe. Read my lips: ‘Europe’, not the EU. Two very different entities. England’s strategy, historically speaking, has always been to divide Europeans, to sow discord among them, to prevent the unification of Europe under a central force or leadership. Philip II of Spain, French Louis XIV, Corsican Bonaparte, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, bad old A.H. – all men who posed a lethal menace to England. Because they wanted to unite the continent under their aegis. Bad guys? Tyrants? But that’s not why England fought them. She did because any European hegemony was a threat to England’s own worldwide Empire. Her own political and mercantile interests of ruling (or was it colonising, exploiting and plundering?) other lands. Hence ‘Divide and Rule’ has been this island’s perennial foreign policy motto.
After WWII victorious Britain was broke, her empire gone and the nation drifting off into irrelevance. Swallowing her pride, she then applied to join the European Economic Community. General De Gaulle, of blessed memory, vetoed that. The great statesman wisely observed that Britain evinced ‘a deep-seated hostility’ towards Europe. The General gone, in 1973 Britain got in. But half-heartedly. Constantly looking over her shoulder, towards America, and fearing a Franco-German alliance. Even today Britain refuses to join the Euro and the Schengen agreement, wanting to have it both ways. She dreads a EU that could one day give rise to another Napoleon or Kaiser Wilhelm. She is there mainly to cause mischief – and out of perceived self-interest, of course.
Europe, not the EU. The latter embodies secularism, liberalism, capitalism and the corrosive, anthropocentric ideology of human rights. Values and principles in direct opposition to the Divine Will and often used as weapons to oppress believers. The EU is perversely not only anti-Christian but also resolutely anti-God. Recall how it banned any reference to the Creator in its fundamental charter. Oblivious to that, the asinine non-Christian leader, Justin Welby, so-called Archbishop of Canterbury, has come out for Remain. He says he has ‘no divine hotline’ to the right answer. Superfluous remark. (More likely a diabolical hotline, methinks!) No one would expect this fool to care about the teachings of Christianity. If he did, he would know that an organisation that will not officially mention God’s name should be despised and spurned by any genuine follower of Jesus Christ.
If Britain votes Leave, it could start a chain reaction inside the EU, ending in the disintegration of the dubious body. That would be good. European nation states are already beginning to reassert their identities. Greece, Hungary, Slovakia have discovered it is impossible to retain security unless they can control their own borders. France may rediscover her vocation to lead Europe. Germany…Don’t shake in your boots. The Wehrmacht will not march again. The warlike nation that impressed and scared Europeans, from Tacitus to Churchill, today is a lovely pussycat.
And England? Actually, Brexit would be good for her too. Being organically connected with the continent is an anomaly in her modern history. When George, Elector of Hanover, became King of England in 1714 as George I, her enemies rejoiced. Because of being able to strike at England in Europe without the problem of crossing the Channel and conquering the island race. George III put an end to that when he surrendered the Hanover Crown to his son, Ernst Augustus. From then on England has had no foothold in Europe – apart from Gibraltar. Breaking away from the EU would be a liberation, the end of a liability, the removal of her equivocal EU ties or shackles. Freed from that, Britain would reach out to the Commonwealth countries, America, the whole world!
Alas, it won’t happen. British people by nature shy away from radical choices – unless in extraordinary times of national emergency or wars. Besides, project fear is making an impact. Too many gullible people swallow the ludicrous list of woes in the first paragraph above. The shameless, nauseating exploitation of the murder of MP Jo Cox and resulting emotive blackmail by the Remain brigade is having an effect. (Odd it should have happened exactly when a YouGov poll showed the Leave campaign surging ahead with a 7-point lead. Conspiracy mongers will have a field day.)
So, the Apocalypse looks like being postponed. The EU imbroglio – and Britain enmeshed in it – will drag on. The whole thing is likely to end not with a bang but with a whimper.
Revd Frank Julian Gelli
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Friday, 17 June 2016
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Meeting of Orthodox and Pentecostal Church Leaders at the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre
On 6th June, as part of a Churches Together in England (CTE) initiative, The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in the United Kingdom hosted an unprecedented meeting of Orthodox and Pentecostal Church leaders. The fraternal meeting, which aimed to build relationships, as well as discuss the issues of the persecuted Church and mission, was facilitated by His Grace Bishop Angaelos (General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom), Bishop Dr. Eric Brown (Pentecostal President of CTE, and Bishop of the New Testament Church of God), and The Very Revd Archpriest Maxim Nikolsky of the Russian Orthodox Church. Representatives of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches were present at the meeting. The Armenian Church was represented by Rev. Shnork Bagdassarian, Pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church.
An Evening Celebrating Oriental Orthodoxy
representatives. With his great efforts and dedication, Siamanto Karapetian established the Armenian Community Centre (ACC) in 1988, which the community utilised and enjoyed for many years.
In the same year, proceeding the tragic earthquake in Armenia, with his efforts, the ACC was transformed into an earthquake relief process centre, and even before the fund raising had begun in earnest, Siamanto donated 20 portacabins to Armenia, to help with the relief operation in Spitak. At the same time, he also helped establish the AID ARMENIA charity fundraising organization, to enable fundraising and distribution of aid to Armenia.
With his dedication and efforts, in 1989 a group of orphans from the earthquake were able to visit London, where they were placed with families in London and enjoyed a few weeks of rest and respite from their troubled and destroyed life. He secured “God Parents” for these children, taking a few under his own wing, for whom he cared for until adulthood.
On 20th February 1989, he was awarded the most prestigious medal, “Grigor Lusavorich Shqanshan” by the Late Catholicos, Vazken I. In the 35 years Siamanto lived in London, he was an active member of the Armenian community.
In the 1980’s he was a member of the Armenian Community and Church Council of Great Britain and always kept very close ties with his motherland, Armenia. Siamanto Karapetian’s sudden death on 27th May 2016, has caused untold anguish and sadness to his wife of 52 years, to his children and grandchildren, as well as family and friends. His happy, charitable and selfless memories will live on in all those who had the pleasure and honour of knowing and working with him. May God Bless His Soul.
Gospel Readings: Matthew 13:24-30
The Parable of the Weeds
“Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Forthcoming Events in June, July and August 2016
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The Feast of Transfiguration is known as Baydzaragerbootiun in Armenian. It is one of the five principal feasts of the Armenian Church. In Armenia it is also known as Vartavar (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast, which it replaced. The feast has New Testament roots and is based on the accounts of Synoptic Gospels such as Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:11-7; Luke 9:29-36. In the Armenian calendar, the feast takes place on the 14th Sunday after Easter—98
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