The Twenty-Four Prayers of St. Nerses the Graceful

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The letter from the emperor encouraged Nerses to work toward the unity of the two churches, and expressed sympathy for the problems that were expected from the clergy of the Armenian church. The official statement from Constantinople included nine points which the Orthodox established saw as being at odds with the imperial church.

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These included points of doctrine regarding some of the church councils, including Chalcedon, liturgical questions including use of unleavened bread and undiluted wine in the Eucharist , and the disparities between the liturgical calendars of the two churches. The statement also specifically required that the emperor should be given the authority to make the appointments of any further Catholicoi of the Armenian church.


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Nerses was surprised by the severity of several of the proposals, and raised objections to them. In response, the delegates from the emperor produced the confidential letters exchanged by Nerses and the emperor, which served to embarrass Nerses to the Armenians. The revelation served to harden the objections of the Armenian clergy to any attempts at reconciliation.

Nerses wrote out a letter to Constantinople in which he thanked the emperor for his interest, and promised that, at the appropriate time, there would be a council in Armenia formed to take up his proposals. Nerses also suggested that the Greeks might consider the possibility that perhaps some of its own traditions could bear some attention and correction. Nerses was by this time some 70 years old, and he made arrangements to turn the position of Catholicos to another. Following the tradition of his family, he chose between two relatives who had already achieved the position of bishop in the church.

Nerses' own choice was for the younger of the two candidates, but the other one, Gregory, had support from the prince Mleh and ultimately took the position of Catholicos in In addition to the letters mentioned above, Nerses wrote a number of musical works, volumes of poetry, and theological works as well.

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His major literary achievements include Vipasanoutyoun, a novel written in poetic form, and Voghb Yedesyo Lamentation on Edessa , [6] regarding the fall of Edessa. Hisous Vordi is a reproduction of the Bible in poetic form, which also contains stories from church history and ends with the events of the End Times. It has been translated into English as Jesus Son. Another of his works, Toukht Enthanrakan is an exhortation on pastoral theology and how Christians should behave. The work also includes information on the hierarchy of the Armenian Apostolic Church and of society, and matters of daily life in that era of Cilician Armenian history.

Luke According to custom, devout Jewish parents presented their children to the temple at a young age. According to tradition, Mary remained there for a time and was given over to the care of pious widows and maidens who lived at the temple. After seven years, Mary became betrothed to Joseph the carpenter. The birth of St. Mary is celebrated by all traditional churches on September 8. Her parents, Joachim and Anna, were a devout couple whose earnest prayers for a child were answered with the birth of a daughter. Although Mary was born naturally, she is considered morally pure and immaculate.

It is for this reason that the church celebrates not only her birth, but also her conception, which the Armenian and the Greek Orthodox churches observe on December 9, and the Roman Catholic Church celebrates on December 8. The Armenian Church, however, does not accept this, as only Christ was immaculately conceived.

The Annunciation commemorates the tidings which the Angel Gabriel brought to Mary. The Annunciation is observed in the Armenian Church on April 7. According to the teachings of the Armenian Church, at the time of the Annunciation, when the Holy Spirit entered Mary, she was cleansed of all original sin, as she was to be the vessel in which God manifest was to be incarnated.

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the House of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. Unfortunately, at the outbreak of the First World War, the Armenians resident in Turkey which was allied with Germany began to endure unspeakable sufferings.


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In fact, 24 April marked the beginning of a veritable campaign of extermination. On April 30, , the Turkish soldiers surrounded the Armenian Catholic Bishopric and church in Mardin on the basis that they were hide-outs for arms. At the beginning of May, the Bishop gathered his priests and informed them of the dangerous situation. On June 3, , Turkish soldiers dragged Bishop Maloyan in chains to court with twenty seven other Armenian Catholic personalities. The next day, twenty five priests and eight hundred and sixty two believers were held in chains. During trial, the chief of the police, Mamdooh Bek, asked the Bishop to convert to Islam.

The bishop answered that he would never betray Christ and His Church. The good shepherd told him that he was ready to suffer all kinds of ill-treatments and even death and in this will be his happiness. Mamdooh Bek hit him on the head with the rear of his pistol and ordered to put him in jail. The soldiers chained his feet and hands, threw him on the ground and hit him mercilessly.

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With that, the soldiers went back to hitting him and they extracted his toe nails. On June 9, his mother visited him and cried for his state.

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But the valiant Bishop encouraged her. On the next day, the soldiers gathered four hundred and forty seven Armenians. The soldiers along with the convoys took the desert route. The bishop encouraged his parishioners to remain firm in their faith. Then all knelt with him. He prayed to God that they accept martyrdom with patience and courage.

The priests granted the believers absolution. The Bishop took out a piece of bread, blessed it, recited the words of the Eucharist and gave it to his priests to distribute among the people. There was a look of joy and serenity on their faces. After the massacre of the two convoys came the turn of Bishop Maloyan. Mamdooh Bek then asked Maloyan again to convert to Islam.

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Follow stgregorychurch. The Saints AD-Current. Nerses was born in , his father being Prince Abirad and his grandfather, the great church writer, Krikor Makisdros. By the age of thirty, he was consecrated a bishop.

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He served as the personal aide and right hand man to his brother, the Catholicos, whom he succeeded in First and last stanzas: God the Word from naught created.