Abp. Tiran Nersoyan (1904-1989), founder of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, is recognized as one of the great intellectuals and visionaries of the Armenian Church in the twentieth century. Among his many areas of expertise was the Liturgy of the Church, a topic on which he lectured and published extensively.
Among Abp. Nersoyan's archives left to St. Nersess Seminary are a number of cassette tapes of many lectures and sermons he delivered during the later decades of his life. The Seminary has undertaken to digitize and edit these lectures for the edification of all interested.
The link below will access a lecture entitled, "The Anaphora in the Armenian Divine Liturgy." The lecture was delivered by Abp. Nersoyan in the mid-1980's at a daylong Spiritual Renewal Conference ("Hokehavak") held at St. Leon Armenian Church (Fair Lawn, NJ). Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Liturgical Studies, has called this lecture, "one of the most learned and inspired presentations of the significance of our Badarak that I have come across."
Abp. Tiran's erudition, eloquence, humor and humanity shine through the lecture, which is preceded by a brief introduction by Rev. Karekin Kasparian, his long-time collaborator at St. Nersess.
To hear Abp. Nersoyan's lecture on the Armenian Divine Liturgy click here.