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Faculty Member and Seminarian Speak at St. Gregory the Enlightener

Faculty Member and Seminarian Speak at St. Gregory the Enlightener

On Sunday, February 25, seminarian Dn. Garen Hamamjian gave the homily at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, NY. He spoke about the Gospel reading of the Prodigal Son, inspiring the parishioners to consider the central point of the parable to be the story of love; the father’s love for not only the lost son, but also the elder son who struggled with jealousy and pride. 

Following the liturgy and the Lenten fellowship, Dr. Ani Shahinian, assistant professor of the Grace and Paul Shahinian Lectureship in Armenian Christian Art and Culture, presented a lecture entitled, “Armenian Christian Art and Architecture in History and Today.” Surveying the long development of the theological thought behind the Armenian church architecture, she closed the lecture by looking at local adaptations of Armenian Christian architectural expression in America.

Dr. Shahinian also gave the keynote address at St. Vartan Cathedral, New York City, on February 8 at the St. Vartanantz feast celebration. Bringing together the image of the modern hero and the value of Vartanantz to inspire today’s generation in their convictions to stand strong in their witness to Christ, she concluded with these words: “All the martyrs in Armenia’s history tell the story of one: the story of Christ’s virgin birth, life, miracles, death, resurrection, and the promise of that resurrection for us human beings. Martyrs know, believe, and testify to Christ’s reality in their own life and death, knowing that death is not the end.”