Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian Dies


NEW YORK — Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, the former Primate of the United Kingdom, and a long-serving pastor among the churches of the Eastern Diocese. He lived to find himself the eldest clergyman of episcopal rank in the Armenian Church, and was a true spiritual father to his people. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Friday, March 18, at the age of 90.

Archbishop Gizirian answered the call of our Lord as a young man, inspired by the examples of holiness he saw among such great figures as Catholicos Karekin Hovsepiants, Patriarch Shnork Kaloustian, and Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan. In turn, the archbishop became an example of holiness to subsequent generations, through his faithful, humble, loving service to God.

His preaching conveyed authority; yet his personal example was one of humility and quiet grace. He was a leader of great inner strength and conviction; yet his greatest strength was the tender compas­sion he showed to all — a quality that made him beloved wherever he served.

As a teacher, a pastor to many parishes in the Eastern Diocese, and as Diocesan Primate of the United Kingdom, Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian touched the lives of countless people.

During the past few years, Gizirian agreed to share some of his wisdom and life experience in video interviews. At the following links, our faithful can listen to his life story in his own words, and hear his wise thoughts on the meaning of prayer.

The Final Anointing and Burial service took place on Wednesday, March 23, also at St. Vartan Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, New York, N.Y.).

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Interment will be at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY, after which there will be ahokejash at the nearby St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church, 1131 North Street, White Plains.

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