Despite the lockdown, and the continual demands of self-isolation, through our creativity and faith we were still able to celebrate the Holy Week and Easter, once again sharing the good news of Christ’s resurrection.
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Beloved members of our community and Church, I believe that each of you must continue to observe your Christian duties and obligations even in the face of the self-isolation restrictions imposed by the Government. Moreover, by continuing the practices of the Church at home you have formed a “church at home” of sorts, as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Mt 18:20). As the Armenian community has always done in the face of troubling times, we will continue to pray together, to read Bible together and bless our houses, even conducting Hogehangist and other special services until such a time when the pandemic subside, and we will have a chance to meet again.
In the recent days, I have received a number of positive feedbacks from the members of our community who followed our online services as well as those streamed directly from Holy Etchmiadzin. I would like to reassure all that we will continue to spread the message virtually, and we are trying hard to obtain and install equipment in both Churches in London to have better quality streaming and to broadcast live after the lockdown for those members who live in distant places and are thus unable to attend regular Sunday service. Please do send us any further suggestions to improve our online service coverage. We are always ready to consider and implement them.
For now, please find some pictures from our services of last week.
Palm Sunday and Trenbatseg in St. Sarkis, St. Yeghiche Churches and in Holy Trinity in Manchester as well.
HOLY THURSDAY IN ST. SARKIS AND ST. YEGHICHE CHURCHES
Institution of the Holy Communion
Washing of the feet
GOOD FRIDAY IN ST. YEGHICHE CHURCH
Service of crucifixion
The liturgical observance of this day of Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and death evidently has been in existence from the earliest days of the Church. No Mass is celebrated on this day, but the service of Good Friday is called the Mass of the Presanctified.
On Good Friday, Christians focus on Jesus Christ’s death. The night before he died, Jesus and his disciples took part in the Last Supper and then went to the Garden of Gethsemane. There, Jesus spent his last hours praying to the Father while his disciples slept nearby:
“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'” (Matthew 26:39, NIV)
EVE OF THE EASTER OR HOLY SATURDAY AT ST. YEGHICHE CHURCH
Holy Saturday is the quietest day of the Christian year the day when we wait in silence for the moment when Christ bursts from the tomb. The reality most years is that it’s actually a rather busy day. Polishing and cleaning, preparing Easter liturgies, arranging flowers, finishing sermons, servers and choir rehearsing. And so it goes on. But this year it has been quiet – the closure of our church building put a stop to all that busyness.
This very strange Holy Week has been a time of deep, heightened emotion. Though we have not met together we have journeyed together to this moment when Life bursts from the grave and the powers of death are vanquished for ever.
EASTER SUNDAY AT ST. YEGHICHE CHURCH