New Publication. “33 Selected Armenian Studies” Burbank, 2019
June 13 , 2020 , 10:28
New Publication. “33 Selected Armenian Studies”  Burbank, 2019

Recently a new publication appeared by the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, the “33 Selected Studies,” 345 pages, representing 66 essays covering 33 subjects, evenly translated into Armenian from the English original. They appear alternately, English-Armenian, in three sections, hierarchy, liturgy, and history. Some were papers read on certain occasions in either language, and others written as book reviews with commentaries. In the first section tribute is given to the recent Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome to Armenia, and to seven leading Armenian hierarchs on their respective anniversaries, touching in their tenure during the past century as Catholicoi, Patriarchs, and Primates.

            The second part begins with an observation regarding the controversial quest of the Language of our Liturgy, along with its proper administering versus haphazardly done on personal choices. It touches on the Armenian Church Hymnbook and its authorship through the ten centuries of its gradual formation from the 5th to the 15th centuries. In addition, a reflection on the Blessing of the Holy Miuron in Holy Etchmiadzin has raised a couple of observations that appear in this section.

            The last section is historical, covering the Renaissance of Western Armenia from the 16th to the 18th centuries following the invention of the printing art in Germany by Gutenberg. Subsequently a review on the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate through the entire 20th century, the Crisis in the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople following WWII, and finally on the Martyred Armenian Clergy who gave their lives during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, all of them canonized as Saints of the Armenian Church collectively in 1915 in Holy Etchmiadzin.

            Special attention is given to the renaissance through which the first printed books appeared in 1513 in Venice by Hagop Meghabard, eventually culminating into the printing of the first printed Armenian Holy Bible in 1666 in Amsterdam by Vosgan Vartabed Yerevantsi.


Father Zaven Arzoumanian, PhD