Fr Ian writes
Today, Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, Bishop Jack Nicholls (representing the Bishop of Manchester) and I, with Mrs Jones, Deputy Head Teacher at St Chrysostom’s School, two children from Year 6 and others joined friends at the Armenian Church on Upper Brook Street, Manchester today for a short ecumenical act of prayer and commemoration, arranged by Deacon Artur and Fr Ian.
Today is a very poignant day for the Armenian peoples as they observe the centenary of the beginning of the first genocide of the twentieth century which killed 1.5 million Armenian people, a significant number of them being children and women. It is a time for prayer and reflection for all peoples. Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world today and it was a great privilege to join the commemoration at the Armenian Church today.
All guests were wonderfully welcomed, and prayers and Bible readings in English and Armenian were said together with a beautiful lament being sung in Armenian.
In his short address at the end of the gathering Bishop Jack reminded us of the importance of all people in remembering this terrible genocide and he gave thanks for the witness of the Armenian Church in proclaiming the victims martyrs and saints. They inspire us and pray for us in our generation, he said.
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