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Divine Liturgy (Badarak, in Armenian)
10:30 a.m. every Sunday

Followed by parish coffee hour in the John Pashalian Hall.

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Cathedral’s Sunday School Concludes with Choir and Altar Participation

Cathedral’s Sunday School Concludes with Choir and Altar Participation

On Sunday, June 14, St. Illuminator Cathedral’s Sunday School students participated in the choir and served on the Altar to show the community how much...

 
Very Reverend Father Zareh Sarkissian at the Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral

Very Reverend Father Zareh Sarkissian at the Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral

On Sunday, June 14, by the special invitation of the Pastor and Board of Trustees of Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral, the guest homilist was Very Reverend...

 
Canvas donation from the Armenian Society of Columbia University to Saint Illuminator’s

Canvas donation from the Armenian Society of Columbia University to Saint Illuminator’s

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with Mr. Haik Ter-Nersesyan

 
Farewell to Deacon Kevork Hadjian

Farewell to Deacon Kevork Hadjian

FAREWELL TO DEACON KEVORK HADJIAN During the last four years, Deacon Kevork Hadjian has been invited to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral from Armenia by the Pastor...

 
Flag Blessing and Prayers for the Armenian Republic

Flag Blessing and Prayers for the Armenian Republic

FLAG BLESSING AND PRAYERS FOR THE ARMENIAN REPUBLIC By order of the Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan, Prelacy parishes offered prayers of Thanksgiving for the Republic...

 
 

 

Saint Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral is celebrating nearly a 100 years of service and worship in the community and we do so as we have always done – with faith, hope and love in God and all of God’s children.


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FLAG BLESSING AND PRAYERS FOR THE ARMENIAN REPUBLIC

 

By order of the Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan, Prelacy parishes offered prayers of Thanksgiving for the Republic of Armenia and blessed the Armenian tricolor flag on the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the first Armenian Republic (May 28, 1918), and the 24th anniversary of the current Republic of Armenia (September 21, 1991), on Sunday, May 31. Requiem services were offered for the souls of the fallen heroes of Sardarabad, Bashabaran, Gharakilise, and the fallen in the struggle for Artsakh.

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About Us

In the years following the genocide, St. Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral beckoned like a bright beacon of hope for a generation of survivors. After they landed on Ellis Island they quickly found their way to this modest church on a bustling street in the shadow of the “EL” where they searched for family members, village neighbors, and the anchor for a new life. In 1914, St. Illuminator’s members began to collect funds to purchase the church and its furnishings from the Methodists; six years later it came into Armenian ownership. In April 1921, St. Illuminator’s, at 221 East 27th Street, was consecrated as a cathedral. It, and the building next door, were ours. A new “homeland” at last!

Reverend Father Mesrob Lakissian

 

Reverend Father Mesrob Lakissian

Reverend Father Mesrob Lakissian

We are proud to have Reverend Father Lakissian, Der Mesrob, as our spiritual leader at St. Illuminator’s.  His commitment to God, church and family are reflected in the tireless work he performs for the parish.  That said, the commitment shared by his family, and mainly our Yeretskin, is most evident at the Cathedral.  In 2010 we celebrated Reverend Father Lakissian’s 5th anniversary of his ordination and service to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.  We pray for Der Mesrob’s continued leadership and guidance for many more years to come as our Cathedral’s pastor. Der Mesrob was ordained to the priesthood on November 20, 1995.

St. Gregory The Illuminator

Gregory is revered as the patron saint of the Armenian Church. He is recognized and memorialized in both eastern and western hierarchical churches. The Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Churches, and Oriental Orthodox Churches, have special days in their calendars for the veneration of St. Gregory, who is considered to be one of the Fathers of the early Christian church. Gregory was condemned to the pit in 287 AD by King Trdat and the persecution of Christians began. After the martyrdom of a group of nuns who came to Armenia from Rome led by Hripsime and Gayane, Trdat was stricken with strange maladies. His sister, Khosrovidukht, had a dream that Gregory was the only person who could heal her brother. Miraculously, Gregory was still alive after many years in the pit, thanks to an angelic woman who lowered food and water into the pit. Gregory emerged from the pit. The king was healed and baptized, and he declared Christianity to be the official religion of Armenia. Gregory was not the first to preach Christianity in Armenia; that distinction belongs to the apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew who came to Armenia in the first century, and thus gave us the apostolic designation. Nevertheless, Gregory is revered in the Armenian Church and is considered by Armenians to be the father of their faith. Hundreds of churches have been built in his name. “The ancient calendars of the still undivided Church celebrated him [Gregory] on the same day in both the East and the West as a tireless apostle of truth and holiness. The father in faith of the whole Armenian people, St. Gregory still intercedes from heaven today, so that all the children of your great nation may at last gather round the one table prepared by Christ, the divine Shepherd of the one flock.”  Pope John Paul II, in his “Apostolic Letter for the 1,700th Anniversary of the Baptism of the Armenian People,” issued February 2, 2001.

 

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SUMMER BBQ DAYS At Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral

SUMMER BBQ DAYS At Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral

 
April 24, 2015 – March to Demand Justice

April 24, 2015 – March to Demand Justice

 
April 24 to April 30, 2015 – Prayers at Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral

April 24 to April 30, 2015 – Prayers at Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral

JOIN US FOR THE PRAYER SERVICES Prayer services at the Martyrs Altar of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in memory of the martyrs and the centennial of the genocide...

 
Sunday, April 5, 2015  Easter Service

Sunday, April 5, 2015 Easter Service

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015 On Easter Sunday, a large number of the faithful attended St. Illuminator’s Cathedral to celebrate the Glorious...

 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Easter Eve Service

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Easter Eve Service

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, H.G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General, officiated Easter Eve  Divine Liturgy. H. G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian  

 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Great Saturday Service

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Great Saturday Service

  Confession

 
Friday, April 3, 2015 – Good Friday Service

Friday, April 3, 2015 – Good Friday Service

On Friday, April 3rd at 6pm a Good Friday service was held at Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral.