“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord… they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14:13)
In the afternoon of 23rd April 2020, on the eve of the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the NSW Ecumenical Council formally recognised the Genocides of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks with a special Prayer Service during the quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee. As the first agenda item of the meeting, the service was led by NSWEC President, Reverend Dr Ray Williamson, commencing with the Lord’s Prayer and his introduction. As a long-time friend of the Armenian Church, Reverend Williamson and NSWEC Secretary General Father Shenouda Mansour were instrumental in the resolve of the NSWEC Genocides’ Commemorative Statement.
The proceedings included prayers offered by the heads of the three Churches: His Beatitude Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Eminence Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian, Primate Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand and His Grace Bishop Emilianos representing His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. NSWEC General Secretary Father Shenouda Mansour read from the Gospel of John 12:24-26 following which Reverend Williamson read the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides Commemorative Statement.
The concluding remarks were conveyed by Archbishop Najarian, Mar Meelis Zaia and Bishop Emilianos when they not only reflected on the important stance of recognition of unjust acts against humanity but also how by this, the NSWEC stood alongside the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in truly understanding the pain of their brethren in Christ.
Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand
23 April 2020