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Primate’s Easter Message

March 18th, 2013    |    No Comments »

In this year’s Easter message, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), writes about Christ’s final command, known as the Great Commission, which marked a turning point in the activity of the early Christians.

At their Master’s urging the disciples gathered on a mountaintop, and there listened to the last earthly words of Jesus Christ, before he ascended to his Father in heaven:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  For lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Previously, Jesus and his followers had never ventured more than a hundred miles from the place of Christ’s birth. But now the disciples were commanded to travel the world, spreading the Good News to all nations. The “disciples”—followers and students of Jesus—would become “apostles”: teachers, advocates, and living examples who would bring Christ’s message—and Christ himself—to the rest of the world.

What they carried with them in their missionary travels—which included travel to our homeland of Armenia—were their personal memories of living side-by-side with Jesus, throughout his earthly ministry. They forged the church as the vessel which would transmit the Gospel message down through the ages. And through it, we too have been given the opportunity to stand alongside those early followers of our Lord.

This is especially true of the profound drama we enter every year during the church’s sacred observance of Holy Week. From Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, each service leads us, in heart and mind, to stand among Jesus and his disciples.

Click on the following links to continue reading the Primate’s Easter message in English and Armenian.

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A wood carving of Christ’s descent from the cross, originally from the Havuts Tar monastery in Kotayk Province, Armenia.