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Madaghorhnek in Sharjah 2007

"Go ahead and create an active community life", says Bishop Papken Charian.

 

The 9th anniversary of the inauguration of the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Sharjah took place on 16th November 2007. 

 

Following a special ceremony and the blessing of meat and salt, some 10 volunteers spent the whole night of 15th November 2007 in the church yard, preparing the sacrificial offerings (madagh).

 

In the morning of the following day, His Grace Bishop Papken Charian, Primate of the Diocese of Isfahan (Nor Jugha), Iran, who was visiting the United Arab Emirates, performed the Holy Mass and delivered a sermon in the presence of hundreds of Armenians from all around the country.

 

In his sermon Bishop Charian highlighted the meaning of pilgrimage in our life. He said our life is a series of commitments that we undertake towards ourselves, our families, nation, church and other respectful institutions.

 

He reminded the faithful about his first trip to the UAE in 1992, when there was no place of worship for the Armenians. "At that time I remember you were all eager to have a common place of worship, where you could unite and perform religious and national duties. This dream has been fulfilled now due to your hard work and the tolerant spirit of the authorities in this hospitable country" he commented adding that "there are still many challenges ahead. It is not enough to have the stone buildings. It is more important to keep this place alive with your continuous presence and commitment towards community life. This should involve especially the young generation, without which these achievements would be meaningless".

 

"Community life needs attention and dedication. It is a sort of everyday pilgrimage. Today's lesson is to act everyday as a day of dedication and fulfillment. Therefore, go ahead and create an active community life", Bishop Charian concluded.  

 

Following the Holy Mass a procession (consisted of the clergy, church choir and laymen) entered the community hall, where cauldrons were holding the well-cooked madagh. After the blessing, madagh was offered to the members of the community, who appreciated the hard work of the all-night volunteers and thanked the people in charge for creating this lovely opportunity. 

 

Announcement text of the event (in Armenian / PDF format)

 

Read also: 

 

Archbishop Goriun Babian visits Sharjah and Dubai and blesses the madagh in 2006

 

UAE community page (introduction to the UAE Armenian community).

 


 

Photos (from  Azad-Hye photo gallery):

 


Bishop Papken Charian delivers sermon
Bishop Papken Charian delivers sermon
Bishop Papken Charian delivers sermon
Bishop Papken Charian delivers sermon
Holy Communion
Holy Communion
The procession heads to the community hall
The procession heads to the community hall
The church choir
The church choir
The church choir
The church choir
The clergymen lead the procession
The clergymen lead the procession
Der Aram Dekermendjian (left) Sebouh Manjikian (right)
Der Aram Dekermendjian (left) Sebouh Manjikian (right)
Public follows the procession
Public follows the procession
Blessing of the madagh
Blessing of the madagh
Blessing of the madagh
Blessing of the madagh
Blessing of the madagh
Blessing of the madagh
Panoramic view of the community hall
Panoramic view of the community hall
Cauldrons holding the well-cooked madagh
Cauldrons holding the well-cooked madagh
Sebouh Segian fills the plates with herisa
Sebouh Segian fills the plates with herisa

 


Posted on Friday, November 30, 2007 (13367 reads), comments: 3
 
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Posted by Socrates on Monday, December 03, 2007


Bishop Charian raises great points, especially in relation to stone structures which need to be kept alive through active participation in community life.

 

I was in Church last Friday and was rather disappointed with the low turnout – although very happy to see the presence of the much younger generation (children from school) who filed two rows of the church and in their own way participated in the mass. In London (both churches) if you are late to the mass by 20 minutes you wouldn’t find an empty seat (I realise that the Armenian population there is much bigger), I wish we could experience the same in the UAE. We have been blessed with a beautiful Church, the Community Hall next to it and there is the Councils in both regions, Embassy, HyeLounge, Azad-Hye website, Schools in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi – we have all possibilities to make things happen. Some communities don’t have these institutions, so we really need to appreciate and thank God for what we have and ensure that we can use these tools effectively to get the community together.

 

I was impressed with the event on Sunday 02 December 2007 (the picnic) in Al Ain, Taste of Armenia (November 2007), what a fantastic way to bring everyone together, hopefully such events will continue and if the Varchutyun/Embassy requires any assistance/voluntary help in organising these events, please let us know (by communicating through all available channels) as there are ambitious and dedicated people who will be willing to assist.

 

As this feedback follows Bishop Charian’s comments, I was wondering what we can do to attract a greater number of people to the Church, as this is not only the cradle of our worship, but also the centre of the Community/Armenian culture and what we can do to make the full use of the Hall on e.g. on Fridays, so that people can stay behind after the mass? Coffee/reasonably priced buffet for lunch with music/cinema/Armenian bazaar, gaming activities e.g. backgammon, blot, table tennis etc?

 

Harganknerov

Socrat Arakelyan




 
 
Posted by Hrant on Thursday, April 24, 2008


Can anyone give me the exact address / location of the Church in Sharjah? I visited there from Yerevan and heard about the Church, but no one could tell me where it was. I'd like to see it next time I go to UAE. Is there a Church in Dubai or Abu Dabai?

Thanks

Azad-Hye response: You can find the location of the Armenian Church in Sharjah and information about the Armenian Community in the UAE at this link

We hope that during your next visit you will achieve your goal and visit the Community Center in Sharjah.

There is no Armenian Church in Dubai. The Armenians of Dubai use Sharjah facitilites, although it is getting more difficult for them - due to the excessive traffic between the two Emirates - to follow Armenian events in Sharjah.

Abu Dhabi Armenians use the Catholic Church (Saint Joseph) or the Orthodox Church (Saint Nicholaos) for the Armenian religious services, conducted by the same UAE pastor (Rev. Aram Deyirmendjian).  




 
 
Posted by armo on Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Madagh seen in these pictures is the most anti-Christian act one can commit. Jesus Christ is the one and only true madagh. God in the old testament allowed madagh, but since Jesus became madagh for mankind, one can not go back to practice the old ways. Jesus's came to be the sin bearer and was crossed/madagh.




 
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