The Superior General sent a letter of support to the Primate of the Armenian Church in America resident in New York regarding the recent conflict in the Artsakh region. It is produced below:
We lament with you about the situation in Armenia and Artsakh. The aggression shown against people of Armenian descent is unjust and hearkens to painful memories from the past of mistreatment and genocide against the Armenian people.
Our prayers are united with you as we seek God’s intervention in granting peace to the region. Please convey our best wishes to His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Catholicos of All Armenia, and assurance of our continued prayers for your beloved homeland.
May Our Most Blessed Mother, the Theotokos, intercede for you and the Armenian people.
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Our core charism as a Society is mercy. We must, therefore, condemn the murder of Mr. George Floyd as an unmerciful action and seek justice from civil authorities. We also call for full investigations into other recent killings of people of color which have shocked us collectively as a nation.
We also heed the call of Mr. Floyd's family and plead for an end to additional violence. It is imperative that civil authorities act in the aftermath of recent killings by working to aggressively dismantle disproportionalities affecting people of color, especially within the criminal justice system. Furthermore, we must all commit ourselves to implementing mercy towards others by eliminating disparities which adversely impact our Brothers in Sisters in Christ.
May the "the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7) and may we all come to the realization that we are made equally in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).
God of Mercy, hear our prayers during this time of pandemic. Help those who are ill, their families, their caretakers, and all those affected by the virus. Be with those in economic uncertainty and guide the leaders of nations to act in the best interests of their people. Save those who have died that they may rest with you in eternal peace. Protect the healthy and heal us of our infirmities in soul and body. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
R/ Pray for us, Mother of Mercy, that we may experience the mercy of God.
At the end of February, the Most Reverends Douglas Lewins and William Myers met in the United Kingdom. During their time together they celebrated Holy Mass and discussed the life of the Society.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. And we beheld His glory as of the Only-Begotten Son of God.
May the glory of the Christ-Child ever shine upon you and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Hoy Ghost descend upon you and remain with you always. Amen.
+Douglas Lewins, SSM, Metropolitan-Archbishop
+William Myers, SSM, Superior General
The feast of the Patroness of the Society, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn (Mother of Mercy), occurs on November 16th. A seminarian of the Society, our brother Christopher, has created a novena to be used for the feast. We hope you will join us in honoring Our Lady and praying for the priesthood.
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