WASHINGTON — Clergy and lay delegates from across the Eastern Diocese gathered in Washington, DC, during the first week of May for the 113th Diocesan Assembly. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), presided over the Assembly meetings, hosted by the St. Mary Church of Washington on May 7 and 8.
In addition to the regular business sessions and reports from Diocesan organizations, the clergy and delegates took part in the events of the national observance of the centennial of the Armenian
Genocide, held in Washington.
In his annual address to the Assembly, Archbishop Barsamian spoke about the Diocesan theme for this year, “Living the Gospel of Christ: The Legacy of Our Martyrs.”
“‘The Legacy of Our Martyrs’ refers, first and foremost, to those saintly souls who lost or sacrificed their lives 100 years ago, in the name of preserving their identity as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he said. “It should be empowering to us to know that the martyrs died for their faith, emulating Christ’s example: that they truly ‘lived the Gospel of Christ.’ We are connected at the deepest level to them. And each of us has something of their spirit within us.”
He went on to speak about the importance of leaving a legacy for the next generation of Armenians. “This 100th anniversary year has given us a great opportunity to be inspired by our past; to be creative and outgoing on the local, national, and international levels; and above all, to act, serve, and be together, as a united people, with a common focus,” Barsamian said.