|The Institute of
St. Gregory the Illuminator
Sharing the Inextinguishable
Light of Christ
|The St. Gregory the Illuminator Institute... was founded on the feast
of St. Stephen the Proto-Deacon & Proto-Martyr, A.D. 2010, and received the
encouragement of the Eparch, Bishop Manuel Batakian, on May 4, 2011, when
His Grace replied to the institute founder, Sub-Deacon Lazarus Der-Ghazarian, with the
encouraging words: "Exercise your spiritual mission in the service of the people of God."
Our Rule of Life is simply to seek everyday:
1. To live the Church’s Liturgy to its fullest: By keeping a daily rule of prayer based on the Church’s official
Liturgy, using The Smaller Armenian Breviary, (which contains the Morning and Evening Hours), the Night Hour
and other Canonical Services which we offer to God for the world and His Holy Church.
2. To Share the Truth of Christ: By learning God's Commandments, the Holy Scriptures and the teachings
of the Holy Church Fathers, in order to live and share them with others.
Video recording of the Armenian Morning Hour Service and a short talk on the Eastern Catholic Churches
by Sub-Dn. Lazarus Der-Ghazarian
|1. Prayer and Witness
Following the example of St. Hripsimeh of Rome and her companion nuns
(3rd c. AD) who dedicated themselves to lives of prayer and virtue and gave
the ultimate witness to Christ our Lord as martyrs: We seek to live a life of
prayer and service and to stand for Christ -even proclaiming what may be
the unpopular truth of the Gospel to those with "itching ears."
Following the example of our patron, St. Gregory the Illuminator, who
endured extreme tortures and years of imprisonment in order to accomplish
the enlightenment of Armenia in AD 301, the first Christian nation: We seek
to share the light of the orthodox faith by every means possible to those still
in the darkness of unbelief.
Following the examples of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob who in A.D. 403, under
Divine inspiration, created the Armenian alphabet and translated the
God-breathed Holy Scriptures, the Divine Liturgy and the writings of the
Church Fathers so that our people could grow in their knowledge and
understanding of the orthodox faith: We seek to build up Catholic and
Orthodox Christians in their most holy Faith.
Looking to St. Gregory of Narek (10th c.), the great Doctor of Repentance,
we are aware of our own sinfulness and that we all fall short of the glory of
God. Knowing that we must first learn to repent -daily- before we can lead
others unto repentance: We seek to keep the Church's canonical fasts and
feasts, follow a daily rule of prayer and give alms as the means of continuing
our own spiritual growth, repentance and healing.
Imitating St. Nerses the Gracefilled (12th c.), the great "Father of
Ecumenism," who was a forerunner in establishing respectful dialogue
between the Armenian, Syriac, Byzantine and Latin Churches and one who
worked diligently to restore full Communion between them: We seek to
build a greater bond of unity between our brethren of the Orthodox, Latin
and Eastern Catholic Churches. We also seek to help the Church, as Pope
John Paul II put it, to "breath with both lungs" again through mutual sharing.