A young man found his way to my church today. He felt compelled to light a candle and remember the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. He hadn’t been in a church for 7 years. In fact he had to use Yelp to find us.
There are many ways to mark an infamous and tragic event like April 24, 1915. Rediscovering the faith of your martyred ancestors, and praying and giving thanks to God seems like a fine way.
Here is my personal prayer for today
Merciful Lord, 98 years ago they tried to break us, bearing down upon us with the unfathomable cruelty that man possesses when he rejects Your gift of Life. We suffered and lost, and we even died, martyred in wastelands, but we weren’t broken.
Amazingly, even beyond victimhood we have been restored, and in our grief, we have found purpose.
I am your survivor servant, heir-witness to the horror of inhumanity. Fill me with Your grace, and allow me to earn the yoke of my calling as descendant of Nahabed and Siranoush and Movses and Siran. If I see injustice, send Your Holy Spirit to endow me with courage so that I may not be idle. Fill my cup with Your Divine love so that when I meet the unloving they will know I come in your name. Secure my heart with a spirit of power so that I may not be corrupted by fear.
Source of Life, the gift of Your Holy Church is the balm that soothes our wounds. Your compassion is water the quenches our throats that decry indignity. Your providence is the light the gently guides us to healing.
We remember each and every martyr of the Genocide. We will never forget their sacrifice. They are your saints, and along with them we glorify you always, Amen.