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Learn About the Transfiguration on Your iPad

July 10th, 2015    |    No Comments »

On Sunday, July 12, the Armenian Church will observe one of its five major feasts: the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The observance recalls Christ’s ascent up Mount Tabor, accompanied by his disciples John, James, and Peter. At the mountain’s summit, to the disciple’s frightened amazement, Christ was transfigured in a blinding white light; the Old Testament figures Moses and Elijah emerged from the mists of time to confer with the Lord; and the voice of God boomed from out of the heavens to affirm Jesus as his Son.

Jesus was characteristically reticent about the episode: he urged the disciples not to speak of it. But the gospels recorded it for posterity, and the church—including local Armenian parishes across the Diocese—celebrates it every year.

To learn more about this feast day, download the Diocese’s Transfiguration iBook. It is packed with interactive features, including:

  • Video: watch the story come alive on your screen
  • Music: listen to the hymns of the Transfiguration in a virtual sanctuary
  • Audio: listen to the Transfiguration story in English and Armenian
  • Photo galleries: explore artists’ renderings of the events on Mt. Tabor
  • A “Lexicon” page: learn Armenian words and names associated with this feast day

A version of the book is also available for non-iPad users; click on the following links to view it in your browser or to download a PDF.

A page from the "Transfiguration" book. The book is available for free download on the iPad.

A page from the “Transfiguration” book. The book is available for free download on the iPad.

A New iBook on the Transfiguration

August 7th, 2013    |    No Comments »

The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is pleased to announce the release of its latest electronic book for the Apple iPad: “Transfiguration.” We invite you to download this free book, and to embark on a journey through the story of Christ’s miraculous transformation on Mt. Tabor.

The book relates the Gospel story of the Transfiguration and introduces the ways in which the feast is celebrated in the Armenian Church (this year, the observance will take place on Sunday, July 7). The digital book is packed with interactive features, including:

  • Video: watch the story come alive on your screen
  • Music: listen to the hymns of the Transfiguration in a virtual sanctuary
  • Audio: listen to the Transfiguration story in English and Armenian
  • Photo galleries: explore artists’ renderings of the events on Mt. Tabor
  • A “Lexicon” page: learn Armenian words and names associated with this feast day

“Transfiguration” is the first in a series of interactive books the Diocese plans to publish in the coming year as part of the Diocesan theme, “Living the Gospel of Christ.” The series will walk readers through the five major feasts of the Armenian Church.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please take the time to rate our new publication and to write a review on the iBookstore.

A page from the "Transfiguration" book. The book is available for free download on the iPad.

A page from the “Transfiguration” book. The book is available for free download on the iPad.

The book's features include a virtual sanctuary, where users can listen to Armenian hymns.

The book’s features include a virtual sanctuary, where users can listen to Armenian hymns.

The Armenian Church in the Palm of Your Hand

February 6th, 2013    |    No Comments »

Since the launch of Vemkar two years ago, more than 5,000 users worldwide have downloaded our free mobile phone and iPad application. Our app community has grown to include members living across the Armenian diaspora—from the U.S., France, and Russia to Brazil, China, and our homeland, Armenia.

We are excited to have reached this milestone, and we hope Vemkar will continue to bring the light of our Christian heritage to our people across the globe. In the coming months, the app will feature new content, such as additional spiritual and folk music selections, photos, and videos.

For now, here are some stats at a glance:
Music streaming: 90,000 hits
Most popular track: Khorhoort Khoreen
Video plays: 10,000 hits
Most popular video: Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church
Gallery views: 2,000 hits

Vemkar also offers daily scripture readings, a calendar of events, a directory of Diocesan parishes, a prayer request function, and more. It is available for free download on the iPhone, Andorid, and iPad platforms. Download it today, and carry the Armenian Church in the palm of your hand.

St. Vartan on Your iPad

February 10th, 2012    |    No Comments »

This Vartanants Day the Eastern Diocese is proud to introduce the first-ever Armenian Church iBook designed for the iPad.

Hagop Nersoyan’s “The Story of Sts. Vartanants” is brought to life on your iPad with interactive features, including:

  • Photo galleries: browse historic maps of Armenia and more
  • Video: watch young people reflect on what the Battle of Avarayr means to them
  • Audio: listen to St. Vartan and St. Ghevont’s stirring speeches in English and Armenian
  • Animated Map: explore the key sites of 4th and 5th century Armenia
  • Glossary: look up terms as your read
  • Notetaking: highlight your favorite passages and return to them later

From the makers of Vemkar, this compelling digital book invites readers to revisit St. Vartan’s stand against the Persian army in defense of Armenia’s existence as a Christian nation. Download it, and begin your adventure today.

Vemkar App Now Available For Android

June 8th, 2011    |    No Comments »

The popular iPhone app is now available in the Android Market!

It’s loaded with useful features: daily scripture readings, photo and video galleries, Armenian spiritual and folk music, a calendar of events, a directory of Diocesan parishes, a prayer request function, and much more. Log on to post a comment, share an image with friends, or read the latest news from the Eastern Diocese.

In Armenian, a “Vemkar” is the specially anointed stone that serves as a movable altar, which can be used for ritual functions in the absence of a permanent sanctuary. As a portable tablet, it allows the sacred power of the Armenian Church to be brought to people in even the most remote places. The Vemkar app places access to the Armenian Church in the palm of your hand.

Click here to download the app.

The Armenian Church in the palm of your hand.

New App from the Eastern Diocese

March 1st, 2011    |    No Comments »

The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is pleased to announce VEMKAR—a new mobile application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The app—available free of charge in the App Store and on iTunes—incorporates a wide range of features, including daily scripture readings, photo and video galleries, Armenian spiritual and folk music, a calendar of events, a directory of Diocesan parishes, a prayer request function, and much more. Log on to post a comment, share an image with friends, or read the latest news from the Eastern Diocese.

In Armenian, a “Vemkar” is the specially anointed stone that serves as a movable altar, which can be used for ritual functions in the absence of a permanent sanctuary. As a portable tablet, it allows the sacred power of the Armenian Church to be brought to people in even the most remote places. The Vemkar app places access to the Armenian Church in the palm of your hand.

Download the Vemkar app—and join a little bit of history in the making.

Screenshots from Vemkar, the new app of the Eastern Diocese.

Join the Conversation

October 25th, 2010    |    No Comments »

Since the launch of our new website last summer, the Eastern Diocese has been expanding its online outreach to better serve our readers in an ever-advancing digital media age.

In August, we developed a redesigned e-newsletter featuring more compelling graphics and a reliable format accessible on all major e-mail platforms.

In September, our “friends” list on Facebook logged 1,000 names. We continue to be inspired by the many comments and questions—and by the steady stream of friend requests—we receive on a daily and weekly basis.

Recently, we’ve also introduced a Twitter account (www.twitter.com/EasternDiocese) to share the latest news about the Eastern Diocese and the global Armenian Church, and to initiate dialogue about other Armenian-related issues of interest to our followers.

Our networking on Facebook and Twitter also allows us to better connect users with other Armenian Church organizations, from local parishes to other dioceses to Holy Etchmiadzin.

This month, we set up a Posterous page (www.easterndiocese.posterous.com), where users can upload photographs and video from their computers, or directly from their mobile phones. To kick-off this effort, we announced a photo contest on the topic of “What is Armenian about your day?” We invite our readers to share digital photos on the site by e-mailing them to post@easterndiocese.posterous.com (please include a caption in the subject of your e-mail, and your full name in the body). We hope to feature the best entries in our e-newsletter in the coming weeks.

Of course digital media is always evolving, and reshaping the way we communicate with each other. Our goal is to keep up with these changes while continuing to bring our readers relevant, useful, and interesting information about our church.

Lastly, an enterprise like this can only succeed with the full-participation of all our readers. We welcome your feedback and suggestions, and we encourage you to join the conversation on our website, on YouTube, on Facebook, on Twitter, and anywhere else we may end up next.