Armenian Catholic Church


Armenian Catholic Church

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Rite: Armenian

Liturgical Form: Soorp Badarak (Holy Sacrifice) - Liturgy of St Gregory the Illuminator

Liturgical Languages: Armenian

The Armenian Catholic Church is a Church sui iuris of Patriarchal status.

Isolated instances of communion between Rome and Armenian Christians may have existed after  the Armenian Church separated from the Eastern and Western Churches in consequence of the Council of Chalcedon. However, it was not until early in the 12th century that negotiations were undertaken with the objective of achieving formal reunion between the two Churches
 
Those culminated in 1198 with an agreement reached at Cilicia which formally re-established communion between the Latins and Armenians. That status remained in effect for somewhat more than 200 years, although never fully accepted or endorsed by Armenian hierarchy outside Cilicia itself. The combination of that continued opposition to union, the Tatar conquest of Armenia in 1375, and struggles for primacy within the Armenian Church itself, combined to effectively terminate the relationship between the two Churches. While no formal date is put to it, the actual break is usually cited as occurring about the beginning of the 15th century, but no later than 1450.
 
Although, reportedly, there continued to be pockets of communion through the next three centuries, none were of sufficient duration or strength to merit erection of a Catholic jurisdiction until 1740. That year, the election of an Armenian hierarch sympathetic to union resulted in a call for Rome to nominate a Patriarch, which it did in 1742. The current Armenian Catholic Church is ordinarily dated from that time.
 
The Church is organized under a Patriarch whose title is Catholicos & Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenias for All the Catholic Armenians. Traditionally, each incumbent takes Bedros (Peter), as one element of his patriarchal name.  The Church has canonical jurisdictions on every continent except Antarctica.

A photograph of Blessed Archbishop Ignatios Shoukrallah Maloyan, ICPB, accompanies the link to listings for this Church.  At the outbreak of World War I, he was Archeparch of Mardin of the Armenians in Turkey, when government persecution of Christians began, in what would later come to be known as the Armenian Genocide.
 
Anticipating arrest and his own likely death, Archbishop Ignatios met with the Chaldean and Syriac Catholic Eparchs of Mardin and commended the canonical care of his ecclesiastical jurisdiction and the pastoral care of its faithful to the omophorion of his fellow bishops. Not long afterwards, he was arrested and tortured. Subsequent to a mock trial, he and 447 other Armenian Christians were marched into the desert. The Archbishop served the Soorp Badarak for his fellow prisoners and then was forced to watch as they were summarily executed.
 
After refusing once again to renounce his Faith, he himself was martyred in odium fidei on 11 June 1915. Archbishop Ignatios was beatified on 7 October 2001.    

Icon: Saint Gregory the Illuminator, Patron of Armenian Christianity


 

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Armenia

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Canada

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Georgia

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Iran

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Israel

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Italy

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Jordan

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Lebanon

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Mexico

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Poland

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Romania

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Russia

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Sweden

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Syria

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Turkey

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Ukraine

Ukraine

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United States

United States

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Uruguay

Uruguay

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Metro Area: Philadelphia (PA)
St Mark Armenian Catholic Church
Historical Entry: Relocated
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Metro Area: Buenos Aires (FD)
Catedral Armenia de Nuestra Señora de Narek
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Metro Area: Sao Paulo (SP)
Armenia Catedral de San Gregorio Illuminador
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Metro Area: Montreal (QC)
Église Paroissiale Notre Dame de Nareg de la Communaute Armenienne Catholique de Montreal
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Metro Area: Paterson - Clifton - Passaic (NJ)
Sacred Heart Armenian Catholic Church
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Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina