Armenian Genocide Memorial Day commemoration

20150424_123247 (1)

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.

20150424_123652 (1)

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.

(See also here )

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
This entry was posted in Anglican, Anglo Catholic, Christian, Christianity, Faith and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.