Holy Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mesrob Armenian Church of Ottawa on November 13, 2011 by visiting Pastor, Rev. Fr. Komitas Mirzakhanyan, with the assistance of Deacon Ivan Gyadayan, the Diocesan liaison for the St. Mesrob community of Ottawa. On this occasion, the Church choir was led by Mr. Vicken Avrikian with the accompaniment of organist Michael Turabian. The community is grateful for the efforts of the choir leader Mrs. Marlene Iskedjian and all the faithful choir members, for their steadfast dedication and contribution which has enriched the Soorp Badarak at St. Mesrob Church.

Der Komitas delivered an exceptionally informative and interesting sermon on the Feasts of the Holy Cross. He spoke of the four feasts of the Cross, reminding the faithful that in the Christian liturgical calendar, there are several different Feasts of the Cross, all of which commemorate the cross used in the crucifixion of Jesus. While Good Friday is dedicated to the Passion of Christ and the Crucifixion, these days celebrate the cross itself, as the instrument of salvation.

Der Komitas described the celebration of Holy Cross Feast in the Armenian Church, as Kyood Khach, the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of Byzantine King, Constantine, in the early 300’s. She had traveled to Jerusalem with the aim to search for the Holy Cross. With the help of a local man, she was led to the site of three crosses, that of Jesus and the two criminals who were crucified together. To recognize the cross belonging to Christ, Helena, asks for the remains of a young man to be put on the crosses. On one of the crosses the young man rises to life, and thus proves the identity of the cross belonging to Jesus. Helena builds a Church on this land, which houses the cross identified as the found cross.

Next Divine Liturgy will be held on December 11, 2011.

We would like to inform our faithful parishioners that the Ottawa Church has a new website; http://www.saintmesrob.ca/