Commemorating the Feast of Vartanants

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 the Feast of Vartanants was commemorated with Divine Liturgy at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino presided over by H.
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E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and with the participation of clergy members. Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon.

Fr. Muron first presented the religious and political climate in Armenia in the fifth century. He spoke of why the battle of Vartanants was fought, which was defense of our faith and nation, and exalted the courage of Vartan Mamigonian and the 66,000 soldier army who bravely stood up to the 300,000 strong Persian army. In the end, Vartan and 1036 of his companions were martyred, while the Persians lost more than 4,000.

Following the battle at Avarayr, said Fr. Muron, inspired by the faith and spirit of their ancestors, the Armenian people continued to fight in defense of our faith and nation, and in 484 achieved victory with the signing of the Nvarsag Treaty. In conclusion, Fr. Muron noted that while in the fifth century the enemy was known and visible, today our people and especially our youth are faced with unseen or disguised enemies brought about by modern technology and other outside influences. Thus, he urged the faithful to arm themselves with the spirit of our Vartanants martyrs and defend our people against outside influences on our faith and people.

At the conclusion the service, the faithful joined clergy members and choir in the singing of traditional hymns and songs dedicated to Vartanants.

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