The Syrian Orthodox Church and the Armenian Church are sister churches. Together with the Coptic Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox and Malankara Indian Orthodox Churches, they comprise a family of ancient eastern churches known as the Oriental Orthodox Churches. "These five churches are in full sacramental communion," says Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Dean of St. Nersess. "This means that although we are each autonomous, we have the closest possible relationship among Christian churches. Faithful from one church may receive Holy Communion and other sacraments freely in other churches of the family."
Historically, Armenians and Syrian Orthodox have lived as neighbors in Asia Minor and the Middle East for milennia. Sadly, this common history included Genocide. Syrian Orthodox were massacred alongside Armenians during the years surrounding the turn of the twentieth century.
In cities like Edessa (Urfa) and Dikranakert, they often inter-married. As a result, it is not uncommon to encounter Armenian speakers in Syrian Orthodox churches and communities.
Archbishop Karim is a dynamic church leader who plays an active role in the ecumenical movement, not only in the United States, but throughout the world.
"As we explore the particular message and mission of the Armenian Church in this year's lecture series, we wanted also to hear the perspective of our closest sister church," said Fr. Findikyan. "We are delighted that Sayidna Karim accepted our invitation."
Free Lecture is Open to the Public
Monday night's lecture will take place at 7:30PM at the Seminary. A reception will follow.
The lecture series has been subsidized by the Edward and Anita Essayan Educational Fund of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
For more information, contact the Seminary by phone at (914) 636-2003 or by email.
Download a brochure containing further information and the complete schedule of lectures.