Pontifical Divine Liturgy and Banquet in Washington D.C.


On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the national commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial continued with Pontifical Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the presence of over two thousand faithful and guests. Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Holiness Karekin II, assisted by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate. His Holiness Aram I delivered the homily in Armenian and English.

His Holiness Aram I spoke of the importance of Christian faith, stating, “Through faith we live the Christ in us, turn to God and build heaven on earth. Throughout history the Christian faith shaped our Armenian identity and empowered us to overcome all attempts to destroy us in the battles of Vartanants, Sardarabad and Karabakh.” Based on this self-understanding of faith and nation, our Pontiff invited all Armenians to continue demanding justice for the victims of the Genocide and the restitution of properties confiscated by the Ottoman authorities during the Armenian Genocide.

The official commemoration concluded with a banquet held on Saturday evening presided over by His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Aram I and with more than 2,200 guests in attendance. The Committee had invited a number of special guests, friends of the Armenian nation and advocates of justice for the Armenian Genocide, who received mementos from our two Pontiffs as a token of appreciation for their support. Honorees included organizations, institutions, and individuals who assisted in humanitarian relief efforts during and in the years following the Genocide.

On Sunday morning, the two Catholicoi presided over a special Mother’s Day prayer service, delivered their message and blessed the mothers in attendance.

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