Anglicans and Armenians worshipped together at 6pm at St Chrysostom’s on Saturday in a joint Vespers service.
The evening celebrated the life and writings of the great 10th century Armenian saint St Gregory of Narek, and Fr Garegin gave a detailed and inspiring outline of the saint’s life and teachings.
Some of Gregory’s prayers were chanted by clergy of the Armenian church.
As Fr Garegin remarked “May we be guided in the ways of the Lord by the intercession of St. Gregory of Narek, Amen!!!”
Fr Ian expressed his delight at this special ‘first’ in Manchester – Anglicans and Armenians worshipping in a joint act of worship, and spoke of the special friendship which exists between St Chrysostom’s Church, and Holy Trinity Armenian Church on Upper Brook Street.
Archdeacon Mark was also present, as diocesan ecumenical officer, and commented on the special nature of the worship, and the inspiring devotion expressed within it.
Words of St Gregory of Narek: Sun of justice, ray of blessing, cherished desire … Let your light dawn, your salvation be swift, your help come in time, and the hour of your arrival be at hand. (Prayer 95a,c)