"The Armenian Church is the birthplace of my soul"                                                                Vahan Tekeian                         The    great   Armenian    poet    succinctly    epitomizes    the    immense,    almost    primordial, attachment   all Armenians   feel   towards   their   church. The   umbilical   cord   has   stood   the   test   of centuries, providing this tiny nation with a profound sense of security and belonging.                In   almost   every   battle   the   Armenians   fought   to   protect   their   strategically   placed mountainous   country   against   bloodthirsty   neighbors   and   tyrants,   it   was   the   church   that   stood in the vanguard of the armies.               Their   voices   raised   in   benison   and   prayer,   their   arms   holding   the   Christian   cross   aloft,   the priests   urged   their   flock   on   towards   glory   or   martyrdom   in   defense   of   their   land   and   their faith.               Although   it   cannot   be   said   that   all Armenians   are   avid   churchgoers   or   overly   enthusiastic about   observing   rituals   or   commandments,   or   even   marking   religious   festivities,   they   will always support their church.                Armenian   call   their   priests   "hayr   soorp"   (holy   father),   as   a   sign   of   the   awe   and   respect with which they hold their churchmen.                And   wherever   they   go,   they   make   sure   there   is   either   an   Armenian   church   there   or   the means   to   set   up   one. They   may   visit   the   place   only   when   they   have   to   attend   a   marriage   or   a funeral   ceremony   -   it   will   not   prejudice   their   faith   or   their   commitment   to   the   church.   What is   of   paramount   importance   is   that   in   the   vicinity   of   their   domicile,   or   readily   accessible   to it,   there   be   an Armenian   church   -   for   to   them,   the   mere   presence   of   the   edifice   around   their home is sufficient unto itself.             The   videos   depict   aspects   of   some   of   the   Armenian   church's   most   hallowed   rituals   and ceremonies.    "Maundy    Thursday"    relives    the    memory    of    Jesus    washing    the    feet    of    his disciples,   and   "Der   Voghormia"   and   "Soorp   Asdvadz"   echo   the   yearnings   of   worshippers   and the adoration of God. 
Armenian Jerusalem
Cathedral of St James
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
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