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Pope Francis will formally proclaim a 10th-century Armenian monk as a doctor of the church when he celebrates a liturgy April 12.

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (10)


Pope Francis will formally proclaim a 10th-century Armenian monk as a doctor of the church when he celebrates a liturgy April 12 with leaders and faithful of the Armenian Catholic Church, Catholic Philly reports.


The Vatican had announced in February the pope’s decision to confer the title “doctor of the church” on St. Gregory of Narek. The title indicates that the saint’s writings are considered to offer key theological insights for the faith.


Earlier, the Vatican had announced that the pope would celebrate a liturgy April 12 with members of the Armenian community, who are preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide April 24. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians — more than half the Armenian population at the time — died in a forced evacuation from their traditional territory in the Ottoman Turkish Empire from 1915 to 1918. Turkey rejects the accusation of Genocide, saying the deaths were due largely to disease and famine.


Pope Francis will concelebrate the liturgy with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, the Vatican said.

St. Gregory of Narek is considered one of the leading figures of Armenian theology and thought, and many of his prayers are included in the Armenian Divine Liturgy.


His best-known writings include a commentary on the Song of Songs and his “Book of Lamentations,” now commonly known as “Narek.”


“Narek” is considered his masterpiece. It includes 95 prayers and has been translated into more than 30 languages.


Designating him a doctor of the church, Pope Francis will bring to 36 the number of saintly theologians to hold the title.

The first European coffee-shops were established by Armenians.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (304)

The first European coffee-shops were established by Armenians.

It’s true – coffee doesn’t grow in Armenia. Never has, probably never will. The origins of that drink, today one of the most valuable traded commodities of the world, are to be found in a region of Ethiopia known as Kaffa. The story goes that a goatherd was surprised by the increased energy of his animals after they munched on the beans of a plant. Those beans, roasted and ground, brewed and drunk, turned out to have the same effect on humans.

From Ethiopia, through the Arab world, up through the Ottoman lands, those beans made their way into the hands of the traders and merchants who plied the routes from east to Middle East to Near East to Europe – Armenians included, arguably foremost among them.

The very first coffee houses in Vienna and in Paris were opened by Armenians. Johannes Diodato (or Hovhannes Astvatsatour, translating “God-given” – a very apt name for someone who pioneered dealing in coffee, as many would agree) led the way in the Hapsburg territories in the late 17th century, while one Pascal opened the first coffee-shop in Paris in 1672, followed by another Armenian, Maliban, that same year. Armenian fashions were in use in decorating the coffee-houses of that time. There is even an example of a coffee merchant referring to himself as “a naturalized Armenian” in a French play from 1696.

There are indications that early coffee-houses in London and in Prague were likewise established by Armenians. The social and political roles that such coffee-houses played in the following centuries are reflected in the café cultures of European capitals going strong until today, and emulated elsewhere on the continent and all over the world.

One word on the word. “Coffee” and its variants, such as “café”, “Kaffee”, “qahwa”, “kahve”, or “kofe”, dominate the name of the drink in just about all languages, except for two. One is from the original birthplace of the drink – in Amharic, a language of Ethiopia, it is called “buna” (which is also the word for “coffee bean” in Arabic). And the other is, of course, Armenian, which calls coffee “soorj” or “soorch” (in Western and Eastern pronunciation respectively). The origins of that word, which dates from at least 1787, are not clear. It could be a corruption of “sev choor” or “sev joor”, meaning “black water”, or it could be from the sound made when slurping a piping hot brew.

Armenain culture

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Armenian culture

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Armenian cultural event on February 28th

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (159)

Dear fellow Armenians,

The Armenian Community Council is pleased to invite you to an Armenian cultural and entertaining program on February 28, 2015.

The program includes Armenian fairy tale puppet - show for kids, followed by coffee and tea. We will celebrate the ancient Armenian holiday of Trndez. We are also pleased to introduce a 12 year old Armenian chess champion from Edmonton . You are welcome to challenge him to a game of chess, a favorite pastime of many Armenians. This event is full of surprises.

We have rented St. Philip church's basement for this event. The event will be from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on February 28th, at St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church at 15804-98 Avenue. We look forward to seeing you and your kids there for some fun and socializing with fellow Armenians.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Anna at: or
Sona at: .

Armenian Community and St. Narek Parish Council

Armenian Independence Day Celebration in Edmonton!

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Dear fellow Armenians,


We are pleased to invite you to a celebration of Armenian Independence Day on Sunday, September 25, at 12 pm. This is a fun family event to come together with fellow Armenians, socialize, have good food, enjoy music and dance, and celebrate everything Armenian. This is a potluck event, so please bring a dish or two to share. We have rented Kenilworth Community Hall for this event, which is located at 7104 – 87 Avenue, Edmonton. There is an outdoor playground near the hall that small children can enjoy.


(Small donations are welcome to cover the cost of the hall rental).


We look forward to seeing you all at the event.


Armenian Cultural and Educational Association of Edmonton and Area