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Antiochian Parish Hosts Commemoration: 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Gathering at the Basilica of St. Mary to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide (Photo: Tom Beaudoin)Gathering at the Basilica of St. Mary to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide (Photo: Tom Beaudoin)Father George Shalhoub, pastor of The Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, MI, writes:

Beloved,

For almost a half of century, our church community has grown to be a bridge among all people and this is a testimony of other religions and ethnic communities granting our community that honor.

On April 24, 2015, we hosted the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in which over 2500 people gathered in the church, the Activity Center and outside as the relic from 1.5 million men, women and children were killed in 1915. Present was His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel from the Romanian Orthodox Church of America, His Eminence Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Detroit Catholic Diocese and scores of clergy representing all denominations in our area.

We are honored to be granted this privilege, to share in the suffering of others as our people have suffered for centuries, especially in Syria. Presentations were given to the dignitaries and to me personally as I accepted on behalf of the suffering in Syria.

In the words of Fr. Garabed Kochakian (pastor of St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, MI):

A sincere thank you on behalf of the four Armenian faith communities in Greater Detroit, St. John, St. Sarkis, St. Vartan and the Armenian Congregational Church, we express our profound gratitude to the Rev. Fr. George Shalhoub and the congregation of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary for opening their sanctuary and entire complex to host the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Your gracious hospitality and support will be forever an eternal bond of our Christian witness.

Read the article and see the video published in the Detroit Free Press about the event