Published : Friday, May 4, 2018 | 1:15 PM
The St. Francis family, led by the school’s Armenian Club, commemorated the Armenian Genocide of Holy Armenian martyrs on the morning of April 24 with a prayer service and moment of silence.
The St. Francis High School staff and students gathered prayerfully as a community in a spirit of solidarity because the Christian faith – specifically the Eastern Catholic, or Orthodox faith – is deeply rooted in the Armenian culture. In fact, the Armenian Apostolic Church declared the victims of the 1915 massacre as martyrs. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Capuchin Franciscan Archbishop of Boston said, “one of the fruits their martyrdom is the accumulation of love that unites us.” And when Pope Francis visited Armenia he prayed that the world “defeats evil with good.” So in keeping with St. Francis’ 4th Quarter virtue, the attendees echoed the Pope’s call by embodying the goodness of prayer that morning.
“Together we pray… Lord, You are the Prince of Peace. You have given us the gift life, and in your holy martyrs you show us the glory of the cross. And by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. We ask for the grace of your love to penetrate our hearts, inspire our minds, and guide our every action. And may the courage of the martyrs inspire us to be witnesses of your goodness by obeying your holy command to love our enemies. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
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