Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan
Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic
Church of America
97th Commemoration of the
April 25, 2012
In the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty and all loving God, we
render thanks to you for all the goodness you have granted us with your grace.
May we be worthy of your generous mercy.
Bless this land of America and all
its inhabitants, so that they may serve your glory and be instruments of your
goodness for the “unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness” for all of your children.
Today, once again we gather in this
historic room in our nation’s capital to honor the memory of our
one-and-one-half million martyrs whose faith and love in you never faltered,
even unto death. The first genocide of the 20th century was a
prelude to more genocide. The tragedy of genocide continued because the Ottoman
Turkish perpetrators of the Armenian genocide were neither confronted nor
We thank you for preserving the
Armenian people from annihilation and providing for their rebirth, revival and
resurrection of spirit. We dedicate our lives and fortunes to you and to the pursuit
of justice, liberty, and freedom.
Bless this gathering and all those in
attendance. Guide our national leaders, especially the men and women of
Congress who join us in our remembrance of our martyred ancestors and fight for
truth. May the light of justice and freedom shine upon them in faithful obedience
to your divine commandments.
Your name will be praised forever and ever. Amen.