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.