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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Satire as a Weapon: Armenians & Political Cartoons

Satire as a Weapon: Armenians & Political Cartoons

 
Jubilee Celebration in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate

Jubilee Celebration in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate

The Religious and Executive Councils of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, invite you to attend a Jubilee Celebration in honor of His...

 
Lecture: Komitas’ Life and Legacy

Lecture: Komitas’ Life and Legacy

Lecture by Dr. Mher Navoyan, Musicologist in John Pashalian Hall

 
Book Presentation by H.G.Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian

Book Presentation by H.G.Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian

 
Rep. Gabbard Meets with the Armenian-American Community Ahead of Her Upcoming Congressional Visit to Armenia

Rep. Gabbard Meets with the Armenian-American Community Ahead of Her Upcoming Congressional Visit to Armenia

ANCA EASTERN REGION AND ST. ILLUMINATOR’S CATHEDRAL HOST REP. TULSI GABBARD   Rep. Gabbard (Hawaii-2) Meets with the Armenian-American Community ahead...

 
Exhibition: Emma Grigoryan

Exhibition: Emma Grigoryan

 

 
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral acknowledged by the New York chapter of the Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral acknowledged by the New York chapter of the Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society

  CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION          During the 50th anniversary celebrations of the New York chapter of the Hamazkayin...

 
New York Armenian Community bids “Bon Voyage” to Sossi Essajanian

New York Armenian Community bids “Bon Voyage” to Sossi Essajanian

  NEW YORK ARMENIAN COMMUNITY BIDS “BON VOYAGE” TO SOSSI ESSAJANIAN          Family, friends, and community...

 
 
 
 
 
 


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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 »

Ladies Guild Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

Ladies Guild Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

November 19th, 1PM in the John Pashalian Hall  

 
Harry L. Koundakjian: 50 Years of Photojournalism

Harry L. Koundakjian: 50 Years of Photojournalism

Exhibition opens December 3rd 1PM, runs through to December 10th in John Pashalian Hall.  

 
4-Part Study of the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians

4-Part Study of the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians

Beginning November 2nd, 7PM.  Conducted by Deacon Shant Kazanjian