Remember Both

Armodoxy for Today: Remember both

On April 24, Armenians throughout the world take a pause to remember the most heinous of all evil, Genocide. In 1915 a program of systematic annihilation began. The target was the Armenian people, and the perpetrator was the Ottoman Turkish government. One and a half million Armenians were slaughtered, in what is the first Genocide of the 20th Century. And about the same number of people were exiled from their homeland.

April 24 is the date of the Genocide remembrance because it was on that date in 1915 that the Armenian leadership was rounded up, killed or deported in Constantinople, what is referred to as Istanbul today.

One of the architects of the Genocide is noted for saying that when they finished, there would be one Armenian left in the world and that Armenian would be in a museum.

Over a century after the Genocide, Armenians are still around, living, creating and the celebrating life.

Days ago, we celebrated the victory of the life over death, with the Resurrection of Jesus. We read the words of the angels, (Luke 24) “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

A proper remembrance of the Armenian Genocide includes both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, whether of Jesus or of the Armenian Nation.

Armodoxy is here to attest to his complete lesson in victory.

We pray, Lord Jesus Christ, you overcame evil with the good, and resurrected from the crucifixion, allow me to remember the pain of genocide and work towards an end to this evil and remind me to keep focused on the resurrection, and note the life that is a testament to Faith. Amen.


Cover photo: Luna & Gregory Beylerian

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