Armenian Christianization to be Celebrated

Armenian Christianization to be Celebrated

The Burns Library has acquired a magnificent ivory-covered facsimile of a 10th-century Armenian Book of the Gospels, akin to an Armenian Book of Kells, which will be at the center of an afternoon of events on campus Nov. 11 to commemorate the 1,700th anniversary of the Christianization of Armenia.

A Mass celebrated in the Armenian Rite in St. Mary's Chapel will highlight the Saturday program honoring the library's acquisition of the rare reproduction of the earliest Armenian Gospel book, the Codex Etschmiadzin or Etchmiadzin Gospels, considered the most precious document of Armenian artistic and linguistic creation.

A first-time public viewing of the reproduced 1,000-year-old Gospel book will be hosted at 2 p.m. in the O'Brien Fine Print Room of Burns Library. At 3:30 p.m in the library's Thompson Room, Prof. Pamela Berger (Fine Arts) and Assoc. Prof. Michael J. Connolly (Slavic and Eastern Languages) will present a lecture, "The Etchmiadzin Gospels: Imagery and Language."

Rev. Raphael Andonian of Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church in Belmont will celebrate the Mass in the Armenian Rite for the feast of the Holy Archangels and all the heavenly hosts at 4:45 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel. The reproduced Etchmiadzin Gospels will be solemnly blessed and used for readings at the Mass, at which the Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church Choir will sing.

-Mark Sullivan


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