By His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan
Prelate, Armenian Apostolic Church
of America, Eastern Prelacy
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Times Square, New York City
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty and ever living God, Creator of the world, Father of all men and women, we stand here before you on yet another April, the month of life when the earth blossoms forth, renewing again
the promise of life. Yet it is a month of sadness and mourning for Your
faithful children of the Armenian nation who weep for the mass murder of one
and one-half million of their ancestors.
The genocide that began ninety-seven
years ago, on April 24, 1915, exterminated one-half of the Armenian nation, and
the remainder were left destitute, without hope, without resources, and
deprived of their native soil, their ancestral Motherland.
The Turkish genocide of the Armenians
destroyed the main body of the Armenian population which had lived on their
land for more than two and a half millennia. The tragedy, however, was even greater
than the physical destruction of a people. It also meant the destruction of a
national and ancient culture that had just entered a new period of flourishing
The present-day denial by the Turkish
government and our own State Department as an act of genocide deepens the
wounds. Death denied is death doubled.
Lord in heaven, we ask you to look
with kindness upon the few remaining survivors some of whom are with us this
day. We thank you for delivering them from the depths of despair to the United
States where they were given the gift of liberty and security. Bless them now
in the autumn of their years and hear their pleas for truth and justice.
We beseech You, O Lord Almighty, to
bless this land of the United States of America where the remnants of the
Armenian nation were welcomed to begin a new life ninety-seven years ago.
Empower the survivors and their progeny to continue to serve Your glory as Your
instruments of goodness.
Almighty God, we are gathered here at
the crossroads of the world to remember and honor the memory of the victims of
the Armenian genocide and the victims of all genocides past and present. Strengthen
in us the power of the cross that we may remove the doubt in our hearts and
souls and be instruments of justice and righteousness for all.
Place Your grace upon the Armenian
nation and people so that they may faithfully serve Your kingdom. Grant them
Your divine wisdom and courage to serve humanity in accordance with Your
Your faithful sons and daughters seek
recognition and reparation. Like the prophet Micah they watch and hope for the
Lord, and wait for God their Savior knowing that God will hear their prayers.
us pray together.