Sunday Services

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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Job Opening- Administrative Assistant

Job Opening- Administrative Assistant

RE: Administrative Assistant              Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor Saint Illuminator’s Armenian...

 
Farewell Dinner held for the Nadjarian Family

Farewell Dinner held for the Nadjarian Family

St. Illuminator’s Cathedral members and friends gathered on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall to say thank you and farewell...

 
Lecture by Mr. Armen Sargsyan, Member of the National Assembly of Artsakh

Lecture by Mr. Armen Sargsyan, Member of the National Assembly of Artsakh

On Friday, February 3, 2017, the St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and the ARF Armen Garo Gomideh of New York hosted a lecture, “Updates on Artsakh: Present and...

 
Sunday School students visit the Morgan Library and Museum to view Armenian Manuscript collection

Sunday School students visit the Morgan Library and Museum to view Armenian Manuscript collection

January 22,  2017                                                                ...

 
An Exemplary Event

An Exemplary Event

On Saturday, June 20th, over 70 people gathered at the home of Paul and Rachel Nadjarian to celebrate Paul’s 45th birthday and raise funds to aid a family...

 
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

 
 
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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

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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 2015 we celebrated Reverend Father Lakissian’s 10th 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, 2005.

 

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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Upcoming Events at the Cathedral »

Poon Paregentan: All you can eat Manti Luncheon run by the Ladies Guild

Poon Paregentan: All you can eat Manti Luncheon run by the Ladies Guild

February 26th, 2017 following Badarak

 
Lecture by H.G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar: 350th Anniversary of the First Armenian Printed Bible

Lecture by H.G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar: 350th Anniversary of the First Armenian Printed Bible

March 5th, 2017 following Badarak          

 
YY Sisters- Jazz Night

YY Sisters- Jazz Night

March 17, 2017 8PM

 
Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting

March 26th, 2017, 1pm Invitation to members 2017

 
Exhibition: The Paintings of Arthur Pinajian Proceeds benefiting Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA (ARS) Education Fund

Exhibition: The Paintings of Arthur Pinajian Proceeds benefiting Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA (ARS) Education Fund

 April 1st 2017 Opening Night, 7PM

 
GRAPE BLESSING CEREMONY FOR RESIDENTS OF ARMENIAN HOME

GRAPE BLESSING CEREMONY FOR RESIDENTS OF ARMENIAN HOME

        Very Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian blesses the grapes with the assistance of Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian at the Armenian Home in Flushing, New York On...

 
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