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Armenian Literature: Moushegh Ishkhan- Աշխարհի Ցաւով

Սիրտս կարիւնի աշխարհի ցաւով,
Որքա՜ն տառապանք, Աստուա՛ծ իմ, չորս դիս
Կեանքի դաշտերից փչող ամէն հով
Հառաչ ու կսկիծ կզարնէ դեմքիս:

Անմեղ զոհերի արիւնով եռուն,
Հողը ոտքիս տակ կմնայ միշտ թաց,
Եւ նոր վճիռներ իմ շուրջն ու հեռուն
Կծնուեն մարդիկ արիւնով հարբած:

Սրի ու սովի կդառնան աւար,
Լոյսի պէս պայծառ մանուկներ սիրուն,
Եւ ոտքի կոխան հասկեր անհամար
Աշխատաւորի քրտինքով օծուն:

Ես ինչպէ՞ս նստեմ խնջոյքի սեղան,
Եւ ըմպեմ ուրախ վայելքի գինին,
Երբ որ կխլեն մարդիկ անվարան,
Որբի բերանից պատառը հացի:

Աստուա՛ծ իմ, որքան անարդար վճիռ,
Ինչպէ՞ս կարող եմ քար դնել խղճիս,
Կեանքեր թեւաբեկ եւ թշուառագիր,
Աշխարհի ցաւով հիւա՛նդ է հոգիս:

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Armenian Traditions and Celebrations: Dzaghgazart (Palm Sunday)

Dzaghgazart, with the literal translation to English being “decorated with flowers”, is celebrated by Armenians around the world who follow the Christian Faith. The day has been declared to be the Day of Blessing the Children, in memory of the fact that during the entry of Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, children were rejoicing and crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” On Palm Sunday, the Armenian Church remembers the multitude that welcomed with palms, olive branches and cries of Hosanna (Glory to God!). The Church is decorated with palms and olive branches, which are distributed to the worshipers. According to the doctrine of the fathers, throwing clothes in front of Jesus symbolized freeing oneself of sins, while giving branches as gifts was a symbol of honors and ceremonies. The olive branch was considered to be the symbol of wisdom, peace, victory and glory. Giving olive and date branches to Christ who resurrected the dead Ghazaros is the symbol of victory over death.Later in the day, the Armenian Church holds the “Opening of the Doors” (Trnpatsek) service, symbolic of our entrance into Heaven.

In reality, the celebration in Armenia predates Christianity. It was a day of worship dedicated to the resurrection of nature and directly connected to the legend of Ara the Beautiful. When Ara died by the hands of the Assyrian Queen Shamiram’s army, she placed him atop a mountain, beseeching the Aralez gods to lick his wounds and give him back his life. This signifies the rebirth in nature, a testimony to the power of the Heavens. The worship centered largely around the tree of life, known as the Genats tree, which was found to be the predecessor of the Poplar and Sosin trees. Sacred Altars to the Gods were erected among these trees, creating a grove and Godswood. The worship of the sacred trees was so paramount that when Christianity disallowed for the existence of such worship, names such as Sos, Sosi, Soseh, and Chinar came about instead. The pagan Arorti religion would continue on and still exists to this day.

One of the traditions that still exists to this day and is connected to the worship of the sacred trees representing the Tree of Life is the tying of colorful cloth to the branches as prayers and wishes and dreams are offered to the Heavens. Furthermore, the trees are decorates with eggs, as a symbol of life and fertility, a celebration of rebirth.

Another part of the worship was related to the goddess Nouri (Nar, Houri, Nvart), who reigned over the rainy weather and the fertility of the soil. She was turned into a doll with a rainbow belt after Christianity was adopted and forced onto the population. Children would run around with their dolls of Nouri and plates for donations. The people would gather and would dance and sing after sacrificing a lamb to the purity and generosity of Nouri.

-Նուրի-Նուրին էկել ա,

Շիլա-շաբիք հագել ա,

Կարմիր գոտին կապել ա,

Ձու բերեք թաթին դնենք,

Եղ բերենք` սրտին քսենք…

Սրտին քսել means to win over

 

Another version of the song is sung as such: 

-Նուրի-Նուրին էկել ա,

Դուռն ի դռան կանգնել ա,

Շալե շաբիք հագել ա,

Կեշմե գոտիք կապել ա,

Ձու բերեք, թաթը դնենք,

Եղ բերեք` վարսը քսենք,

Ջուր բերեք` գլխին ածենք,

Աստուծանե ցող թող գա,

Գետնիցը` պտուղ դուս գա…

Լուսանկարը` Նազիկ Արմենակյանի

 

Trnspatsek (Opening of the Doors) information: http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/wpblog/tag/palm-sunday/

Ancient/Pagan traditions and information: http://ankakh.com/2012/04/193031/

Jerusalem Armenian Cemetery Vandalized

Greek Orthodox Abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Claudius, looks at a car sprayed with anti-Christian graffiti reading ‘price tag’ and slashed tires outside his monastery on December 12, 2012

JERUSALEM—Vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on Jerusalem’s Monastery of the Cross and at an Armenian cemetery overnight, Agence France Presse reported.

Father Claudius, the monastery’s abbot, said he had noticed the graffiti at 4:30 am local time when he got up to pray.

Vandals spray-painted “Death to Christianity” and “Jesus, son of a whore” on the Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.

The attacks drew a strong condemnation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed “disgust” over the incidents, his office said.

Outside the Monastery of the Cross near the Israeli parliament, vandals also slashed the tires of three cars belonging to staff, and wrote “price tag” and “Happy Hanukkah” the Jewish holiday now being observed.

“This is the seventh time this has happened,” he told reporters at the scene, saying that if the vandals had simply knocked on the door he would have invited them in for tea to talk to them about his faith.

“The Jewish values by which we were raised, and by which we raise our children, firmly reject such actions,” Netanyahu said in the statement. “Freedom of worship for all religions in Israel will be preserved and we will take legal action against the immoral people who committed these crimes.”

source: http://asbarez.com/107085/jerusalem-armenian-cemetery-vandalized/

 

First Armenian Publications

In 1566, Abkar Tokhatetsi published the first printed calendar in Venice, named “Kharnaypntour Doumari Keghetsig yev Bidani.”

In 1668, Voskan Yerevantsi published the first Armenian Bible in the city of Nor Chougha in Iran.

In 1771, Catholicos Simeon Yerevantsi established the first Armenian printing press in Echmiadzin, called “St Gregory the Illuminator,” while the first paper factory was built in 1776.

Youngest to Climb Mount Ararat

In August 2011, well known Javakhk Armenian climber, Sergei Kaifadjyan and his six-year old son Amatuni Kaifadjyan climbed Mount Ararat. They raised raised the Javahk flag, Armenian flag, Artsakh flag and the Armenian Apostolic church flag. Amatuni is the youngest climber ever to reach the Holy mountaintop.