Presentation of Dr. Garbis Harboyan’s Books Dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 a book presentation was held at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall introducing two new volumes authored by Dr. Garbis Harboyan, “Path to Crucifixion” and “Crucifixion to Resurrection,” dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial. The event was held under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and was jointly organized by Asbarez Newspaper, Hamazkayin Regional Executive, and the Western Prelacy Cultural-Educational Committee. In attendance were clergy and Executive Council members, representatives of community organizations, and over 150 guests.

The evening began with the Lord’s Prayer. Prior to commencing the program, a memorial prayer was said for Archbishop Gorun Babian, who entered into eternal rest earlier that day. Master of Ceremonies Mr. Sarkis Mahserejian welcomed the guests and invited Asbarez editor Mr. Apo Boghikian to introduce the author. Mr. Boghikian gave an overview of Dr. Harboyan’s 45 years of dedicated service as a prominent physician and community servant, whose contributions to our national life encompass the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, the Prelacies of Lebanon and Canada, and Hamazkayin Central and Regional Executives. Dr. Harboyan is also the author of three books on medicine and is a regular contributor to Asbarez newspaper and other Armenian newspapers. Mr. Boghikian concluded by wishing the author continued successes in all areas of his life.

Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian was then invited to present “Path to Crucifixion,” which brings to light lesser known aspects of the Armenian Genocide, such as the massacre of Armenian doctors and pharmacists by Turk doctors, and also includes the plight of Armenian orphans and how they rebuilt their lives with the aid of American humanitarian organizations.

Mr. Khajag Dikijian presented “Crucifixion to Resurrection,” an overview of the history of the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia from the time of its settlement in Sis, to the challenging years in exile, its rebirth in Antelias, to the present day as a mighty religious and national center.
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The book also covers the invaluable contributions of subsequent Catholicoi in those years and highlights the humanitarian and cultural mission of the Catholicosate through the Bird’s Nest orphanage, museum, publishing house, and others. As a member of the Catholicosate Central Executive, Mr. Dikijian stated that through the book, readers receive a glimpse of the colossal work carried out by the Holy See of Cilicia, particularly in the last one hundred years, and thus commended the author for the valuable work.

The cultural program was comprised of “Cilicia” by Dzovig Donerian-Nashalian, and Aram Khatchadourian’s “Toccata” by Fimi Krajian-Sulahian. The author was then invited to address the audience. Dr. Harboyan expressed thanks to the Prelate and organizers for hosting the event, to H.G. Bishop Meghrik Parikian, Prelate of Canada, and Hamazkayin Regional Executive in Canada for publishing the books, and to Mr. and Mrs. Yetvart Misserlian for sponsoring the volumes. The author stated that he felt a sense of duty to publish the books on the Centennial anniversary to bring to light the hidden facets of the Armenian Genocide as well as the rebirth of the Armenian nation, in which the Holy See of Cilicia played a significant role. The volumes are directed especially to the younger generations, said Dr. Harboyan, to enlighten them on the crucifixion and resurrection of the Armenian people, our losses as well as our revival. The author also noted that the books are not a complete representation of all the losses endured by the Armenian people as destruction of our religious and national treasures continues from the time of publication. Dr. Harboyan concluded by stating that all proceeds from the books will be donated to the new Armenian church to be built in Laval, Canada.

The Prelate delivered the closing message, which he began by commending the evening’s organizers as well as Fr. Ghevont and Mr. Dikijian for their apt presentations. Having known the Harboyan family for four decades, His Eminence lauded Dr. Harboyan’s lifetime of remarkable service and the family’s contributions to our national life. The Prelate praised the books as a fitting reflection of Dr. Harboyan’s instruction and role as instructor, and expressed contentment that the first presentation of the books was held at the Prelacy in the presence of the author.

His Eminence also noted that in addition to the Genocide Centennial, the publication of the books coincides with two noteworthy anniversaries, the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias and the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Aram I, a significant time in history when our rightful demands are being pursued with unparalleled vigor, he said. The Prelate emphasized the resilience of the Armenian people following untold atrocities and losses faced by our people, our rebirth, revival, and many contributions to society, which bring pride to us collectively. His Eminence concluded by once again praising the fruits of Dr. Harboyan’s labor, and wishing him continued successes in his professional and personal life and for his works to inspire and guide the younger generations.

The program concluded with the benediction and Pontifical anthem, after which the author signed copies of this books as guests enjoyed a reception.

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