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The Last Requiem

Armodoxy for Today: The Last Requiem

On April 19, 2015 I conducted the last requiem service for the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. That year was the 100th anniversary of a program of systematic annihilation of the Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire. The Armenian Church announced that on April 24, 2015, it would canonize the martyrs of the Genocide as saints of the Church. The April 24 date has always been used as a marker for the Genocide remembrance for 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.

Designating the martyrs as saints was long over due by the 100th anniversary. Martyrdom implied that their life was given for higher principles, in this case for Christ and nation. But even more, the shift to sainthood was a change in mind-set for the Armenian nation. As saints, the martyrs are classified as “victorious in Christ” and therefore, not victims.

“If anyone desires to come after Me,” says Jesus, “Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16)

Requiems, a tradition misleadingly referred to as hokehankist in the Armenian Church, are not conducted for saints. They have been crowned by Christ!

On that Sunday, in 2015, I had the distinct honor of celebrating the Divine Liturgy at the St. Leon Armenian Cathedral of the Western Diocese. It was the western most Armenian Church and the delayed timing of the day, had me reciting the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide in the requiem prayer for the very last time ever. Having grown up with Genocide survivors (my grandparents) this was a most sacred moment in history.

In the days that followed the conversation would shift in a manner that only Christ can change. Christ, the one who took the words of condemnation “Take and eat” in the Garden, and madse those same words “Take and eat” into words of salvation, was now leading the Armenian nation to victory. The mind-set had been altered.

Let us pray, Lord, our God, You are with us in every transition and change. Open our hearts to the great change from victim to victor, which You demonstrated with Your glorious Resurrection. Help me to accept the change and welcome the newness of that victory. Amen.

Cover Photo: Luna & Gregory Beylerian

Busting the Soul-Resting Myth

Next Step #743: Busting the myth of “hokehankist” – its meaning and the significance. Why we need the Requiem service? Gorbachev, his time, his celebrity and now. History marked, and mother ignored: the Armenian Church in the diaspora.
Western Diocese new building in Glendale
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Sasnashen Shoot-down
Fr. Vazken at Sunday at St. Gregory, Pasadena
David Benoit
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Letters beyond Z

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #709: “In the time of your life, live…” says Saroyan and so the new year kicks off with a message of hope. The Christ child and a case for adding extra letters to the alphabet. Gabriel & Katie Jay Stauring, requiem. Moving past your challenges before you. Remembering Sidney Poitier. Communications for the new planet. William Saroyan’s Time of your life.
Sidney Poitier changed the Oscars in 1964. The academy is still grappling with the promise of that moment. 
Requiem for Gabriel & Katie Jay Stauring
The Phonetic Alphabet – US Army Alphabet
William Saroyan’s “Time of your Life” (goodreads.com)
Mary Hopkin Music
Cover: Vintage Christmas picture, Public Domain
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Simple, Profound: For Eternity

Next Step #539: The simple and profound message of “Church being the Church,” revisiting Primate Fr. Daniel Findikyan’s words and their implications for us today. Kavanaugh hearing: Not minimizing and a look at our evolutionary process. Presumption of innocence – difficulties and challenges. The Requiem Service “Hokehankist” explained with appearances of Enoch and Elijah. Eternity now.
Sharagan in Three Parts from Music of Armenia
Eastern Diocese Website
Fr. Daniel Interview
Thriving Life Podcast
Kavanaugh Hearing
Nebraska Video – 60th Anniversary
Fr. Vazken’s Blog on Nebraska
Handmaid’s Tale Quote
Controversial Theory of Space Time
New World – Abrahamic Faiths’ Hope for Salvation
Cover photo by Susan Movsesian 2018
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Protocols and Faith

Next Step #535: Protocols are used in institutions and in life, but why the resistance in church? Back from Nebraska and the 60th Anniversary of the C-130 Shoot Down. Fr. Vazken shares thoughts and comments with this dedicated group from the US Air Force. Singing the Requiem Hymn in memory of the 17 victims of 1958. A look at the handing off the flag at the grave of fallen service people. Sharing the Faith: Evangelism or Dialogue? Also, topics from the links below:
Saren Kouga, Arax
Last Week’s Next Step (on US Air Force Shoot Down)
Larry Tart’s Message to the 60th Anniversary gathering of the C-130 Shootdown
Piece of the Plane Presented to Fr. Vazken
Sasnashen and the US Air Force Aircraft Shoot Down
Leon Gabrielian Thriving Life Club Podcast
John Lennon Stamp Release
Celebrating with the True Cross of Christ (in New York)
Flag Presentation Protocol
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Never Enough Wheat

Next Step #513: Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s assassination, “hokehankist” comes alive as a fallen grain of wheat produces so much more (John 12:24) but never enough. African saying and Bedros Turian, Return from Easter in Utah – Resurrection in a land of religious sensitivity. Mormon Temple and Krishna Temple: A cross-over in vegetarianism. Icons and what they represent: Love for Tull and Beethoven.
“I told Jesus” Roberta Flack
King’s Last March (American Public Media)
Memphis Remembers MLK
“Mountaintop” Speech
MLK & John the Baptist: Two Kindred Spirits (Next Step #31)
Cover Photo: Moushetzi Wheat, 2014
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