Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Grand Catholicos visits SC/NC after DC

On the 10th The Patriarch of all Armenians - who has an elaborate title, delivered the opening prayer to the US Congress - it was also on that day that the Foreign Affairs committee passed the resolution recognizing the death of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottomans as Genocide.

His prayer:

"Lord, we thank you for bestowing us with the Grace to pray today for the leaders of this nation who labor in the universal cause of liberty and justice. Increase their wisdom and resolution. Their actions grant inspiration and fulfillment to the desire for justice that lives in every heart. Our Father in heaven, render guidance to all nations, including the Republic of Armenia - our homeland and center of our faith - the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

With a solemn burden of history, we remember the victims of the Genocide of the Armenians, the consequences of which are still felt by the entire world in new manifestations of genocide. Grant rest to the souls of all victims of crimes against humanity and bestow peace and justice on their descendants. Give pause to those who trample life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Lord, bless this land and people. Grant peace and safety to America’s sons and daughters who serve their nation abroad. May the United States continue her mission as a great beacon of hope. Amen."

He was in Charlotte, NC today and will be in the region tomorrow as he tours the Eastern US. He was blessing a new church that the burgeoning Armenian community has built - St. S
kiars. I found this out by watching one of the local stations (in Cheraw folks) - tried to find the story to share the linkw with everyone on the web but the stations didn't post it, just blurbed it on their broadcasts.

Of course our ally Turkey doesn't appreciate our support of the Patriarch's people.

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