1.5 Million Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Canonized into the Sainthood


Thursday, April 23, 2015 will forever remain a historic and unforgettable day in the life of the Armenian people as on this day, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, conducted the canonization ceremony of our 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The ceremony began with the procession and encompassed the reading of the Vgayapanootyoon of the Martyrs, hymns, canonization of the martyrs as saints and the proclamation of April 24 as a day of “Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs, who were massacred during the Armenian Genocide for their faith and for their fatherland,” Scripture readings, unveiling and anointing of sacred pictures, blessing and censing of the relics of the martyrs, hymn dedicated the Holy Martyrs of the Genocide, and sermons.

The ceremony concluded at the symbolic hour of 7:15 p.m. (19:15) Yerevan time, at which time church bells throughout Armenia and in Armenian Churches worldwide rang 100 times, including within our Prelacy Churches.

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