Eucharist celebrated in Armenian church for first time in 95 years
September 20, 2010
Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Aram Atesyan presided as the Eucharist was celebrated for the first time in 95 years in a historic church on the island of Van, in eastern Turkey.
The church on Aktamar Island had been closed since the days of the Armenian genocide. After years of petitioning, Armenians have won permission from the Turkish government to hold liturgical services there once each year.
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