On Thursday 11 March 2021, Year 12 students from Cherrybrook Technology High School attended the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection with their teacher Mr Peter Hartman for a religious education session on the teachings of the Armenian Church on the main topics of Christianity, Baptism and St Paul. Among the students was Charlie Tchetchenian, a dedicated member of our Church Karasoun Mangounk Choir. His Eminence Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian cordially received the students accompanied by Reverend Father Avetis Hambardzumyan.
Referring to the creeds and traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church, he also explained the calling to the priesthood of both celibate and married priests, emphasising how the Armenian Church had kept pace with the times as much as possible. Referring to the 1915 Genocide, he explained what a negative effect it had on the development of the Armenian Church, especially since thousands of clergymen had been killed by the Ottoman Turks who had organised the genocide over the years.
The Archbishop also emphasised that churches today no longer have fundamental differences and how the spirit of cooperation is more evident than in the past referring to ecumenism and citing specific examples of the approach and recognition of the Roman Catholic Church towards our Armenian Saints.
The Archbishop welcomed the questions of students on the content discussed as well as on their observations around the church. He also spoke on the life, activities and epistles of St Paul which are considered to be the main guidelines for the spread of Christian doctrine.
For the past five years, the Archbishop has been receiving non-Armenian students and teachers at the Church to lead these educational lessons on the Armenian Church and historical events.