Attention! All are called in defense of artsakh
Once again, Armenians have been forced to defend their faith and homeland. We all awoke to the frightening news of Azeri and Turkish aggressions against our brother and sisters in Artsakh. In my sermon on the day of the attacks, I mentioned that there are three things that we, as the Armenian diaspora, can do to help and support in the defense of Artsakh and Armenia.
First, we must pray. Prayer to some may seem like a fruitless effort, but it is through prayer we are united and demonstrate our dependence and trust in God, our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every victory comes. Victory will not come from our strength, materials, strategy, or power, but from God alone. Prayer shows Him and reminds us that we depend on Him.
Second, we must educate and inform others. Many do not know where Armenia is, let alone the politics behind this war. We must let others know that Armenia is not the aggressor in this situation. We must call and/or write to our our Senators and Representatives, asking them to condemn these attacks and cut off support to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Our Armenian-American advocacy groups, the Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Committee, are meeting with members of Congress and the Administration. You too can write and contact your Senators and Representatives through these websites.
Third, we must be ready to donate and financially support our soldiers and those affected by the war. Many families have been displaced and are taking shelter from the bombardments of Azeri artillery. God has financially blessed many of us, it is now time to share those blessings with those who are suffering. Armenia's government is looking to the diaspora for financial as well as moral support.
You may donate to St. Sarkis Church and we will send your donation to a secure and reputable organization which will help aid our brothers and sisters in Armenia and Artsakh.
This is not unheard of in our history to be persecuted for our faith, but we have been baptized as soldiers of Christ and been called to the defense of our faith again. May the prayer of St. Gregory of Narek (Prayer 84) echo in our hearts:
"Heavenly monarch, exalted king,
Lord of all, hope of each...
protect me with your hand that shaped the heavens.
Strengthen me with your exalted right hand.
Take me under your almighty wings.
Blanket me with your divine care.
Bolster me with the vigilance of your heavenly host.
Encircle me with your army of immortals.
Surround me with the attachments of angels.
Fend off the enemy with the forces of the vigilant.
Support me through prayers to your divine Mother, for
I am shaken.
Assign your best troops to guard me...
For you are God beyond understanding,
generous in all things,
perfect in all ways,
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