CAIRO: The Armenian Orthodox Church in Cairo will hold a mass Friday to commemorate the centenary of Turkish massacres against Armenians during the first World War.
“The church, alongside all other Armenian churches across the country, will ring its bells 100 times on Friday at 19:15 to honor the centenary of the Armenian genocide committed by Ottomans against Armenians,” Bishop of Alexandria for Catholic Armenians in Egypt, Krikor Augustine told Youm7 Thursday.
The 100 peals are to mark the 100 years that have passed since the genocide while the time 19:15 refers to the year 1915 when the Ottomans embarked upon the” systematic genocide of its civilian Armenian people,” said Augustine.
Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman for Egypt’s Catholic Church said that a mass and ceremony would be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at the St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church of Father Mina (Pope Kyrillos VI) in Old Cairo.
“The move comes in response to the request of the Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church who asked Coptic churches in Egypt to ring their bells 100 times in solidarity with the Armenian martyrs,” said Greiche.
The event will also be marked Friday in the Armenian capital city Yerevan. Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan along with world leaders and Church heads, including Pope Tawadros II will be participating, according to Al-Ahram.
In the meantime, the Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate will not participate in commemoration activities nor the bell-ringing, but will hold Mass on Friday in memory of the event.
Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the early 4th Century, Coptic history professor at Minya University Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post Thursday.
“The Armenian Apostolic Church is considered the world’s most ancient national church. It observes the Eastern Orthodoxy,” Khourshid said, adding that there are around 3,500 Armenians living in Egypt at present.