The present volume introduces the development of Canonization in the Armenian Church Tradition and professes strongly to canonize the Armenian Martyrs on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of 1915 Genocide Commemoration. How will this joint canonization be conveyed with regards to the massive number of genocide victims? Will it be done through individualization or by the following decree: "All those who died for their Christian faith." It is important for the Armenian Church to take the latter approach, for it is only God who knows, as He is the one who sanctifies either a person or a collective, for their sacrifice and testimony of faith. Of course, it would have been better if our Church had, many years ago, taken the necessary steps of enlightening our people as to why we needed to sanctify our martyrs, why their canonization is valuable to us now and to future generations as well. Let this booklet be a small offering in fulfilling what this prospect essentially lacks. Rev. Dr. Abel Hratch Manoukian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1973, he was admitted to the Theological Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia, graduating in 1979 with high honors. In 1987, he received his Master of Theology from the University of Vienna, Austria and in 1993, his Doctor of Theology from the same university. From 1989 to 1991, he was the founder and director of the Center for Christian Education in Holy Etchmiadzin and Yerevan. From 1992 to 1994, he was the Pastor of the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Toronto and Vicar General of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada. In 1994-1995, he was the Director of the Center for Christian Studies and Theology of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada in Montreal. From 1995 up until 2011, he was the Parish Priest of the Armenian Community in Switzerland. He has served the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church and communities in Austria, Canada, Armenia and Switzerland for more than 32 years. Presently, he is very active in Armenian social and cultural projects. Rev. Dr. Abel Manoukian speaks several languages and has authored over 30 books and numerous scholarly articles published in five languages. The Author writes his works in Western and Eastern Armenian, German and English. The present volume introduces the development of Canonization in the Armenian Church Tradition and professes strongly to canonize the Armenian Martyrs on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of 1915 Genocide Commemoration.
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