As we observe a new anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this Sunday, we look back at these unreal events that shook America and the world, ushering us into a new era of fear and uncertainties. At the same time, the tragedy and individual tragedies that unfolded on that date and the years that ensued, from the innocent lives cut short by evil to major geopolitical events, with endless wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, are sobering reminders of the permanent struggle between good and evil that turns the wheels of History. In a relativist era such as ours, cynicism may rule the views of many on the state of the world. Yet 9/11 leaves little room to doubt that free societies and civilization still have enemies aplenty, attracting their ire and violence. Now more than ever, we stand united.
Due to the canons of the Armenian Church, requiem services are not officiated on major feasts like Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Next Sunday, His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, has directed all Prelacy churches to hold a memorial service for all the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks.