Centenary of the Armenian massacres

armgen100-1-150x150The lead letter in today’s (17th April) edition of the Church Times is from Fr Ian. It speaks for itself.

Centenary of the Armenian massacres

Khatchaturian, Exiles 1915, in the National Gallery of Armenia

Khatchaturian, Exiles 1915, in the National Gallery of Armenia

Sir, – On 24 April, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the beginning of the massacres that cost the lives of more than one million Armenian children, women, and men.

Special events are being held in Yerevan and elsewhere to remember the atrocity perpetrated against the Armenians.

The achievement of genocide on this scale encouraged others later in the 20th century to follow suit. Very significantly, Adolf Hitler is reported to have said: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

The Church of England has always enjoyed good relations with the Armenian Church, and here in Manchester my own parish church has been pleased to welcome friends from the local Armenian church, and also to visit them for worship.

I hope that many churches in England will offer prayer for the Armenian peoples at this significant anniversary for them, and, in doing so, “speak today” and take a stand against such atrocities.

Ian Gomersall
St Chrysostom’s Rectory

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One Response to Centenary of the Armenian massacres

  1. Stephen Pennells says:

    Excellent

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