Over the April 21-23, 2017 weekend, the Holy Trinity Armenian Church parish commemorated the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with three special and significant parish-based events.
On Friday evening, April 21, 150 parishioners attended a sold-out private viewing of the widely anticipated movie, “The Promise,” at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington MA. “Within the theater was a deafening silence that spoke volumes about the significance this movie had for our guests. When the movie had finished, it seemed as though no one wanted to move, tearful eyes were being wiped, and our collective appreciation to the efforts of Kirk Kerkorian were expressed with powerful emotion throughout the cinema,” stated Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, pastor. Through the collective efforts of Parish Council Chairman, Daniel K. Dorian, Jr., and parishioner, Karen Hovsepian, Holy Trinity was able to host a private showing of the movie in nearby Arlington.
On Sunday morning, April 23, the parish celebrated the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide with a special Prayer Service at the Martyrs’ monument on the Garabed Bagdasar and Haiganoosh Hagopian Hollisian Plaza. The Service dedicated to the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of 1915 was offered in both Armenian and English at the Martyrs monument which was surrounded by parishioners of all generations and backgrounds. “It was even more inspirational to have with us the presence of former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, John M. Evans, for this moving service, and to witness the children and adults of our parish place their flowers around the monument gave everyone a chance to participate,” offered Fr. Vasken.
Following Church Services, in the first of a series of events celebrating books and courage and legends, Holy Trinity Church was honored to have the former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, the Honorable John M. Evans, author of “Truth Held Hostage,” warmly address a crowd of 150 parishioners and friends sharing his thoughts on why the United States has not followed the lead of many other nations around the world in formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide. “The denial of the Armenian Genocide is the worst case of alternative facts,” stated Ambassador Evans. John Evans, displaying limitless knowledge in the particulars of the Armenian Genocide, very clearly outlined the issue of “why” the genocide isn’t proclaimed by the United States. Ambassador Evans warmly and willingly took the time to answer every last question from the gathered guests and sign copies of his book.