Armenians living in the Transcaucasion region now part of the Soviet Union were introduced to Christianity in about 300 A.
Armenians living in the Transcaucasion region now part of the Soviet Union were introduced to Christianity in about 300 A.D. And although Armenian emigrants and refugees have spread throughout Asia, The Middle East and many European nations their ancient religious traditions have remained with them, everywhere they've travelled.
SYNOPSIS: In Iran alone there's a closely knit community of 250,000 Armenians who have kept up their Christian religious practises, despite the declaration of an Islamic Republic under the Ayatollah Khomeiny. The Armenian's church is called the Armenian Apostolic church and its members say their ancestors were the first to become christians as a nation. On Easter Sunday (15 April) many Armenians worshipped in Teheran at the Soorb Sarkisse church.
The priest in charge of the Armenian community in Iran, Artak Manoukian conducted the mass.
The Armenian church generally shares the beliefs of other Eastern Orthodox religions, but it has some unique aspects. The cross is highly revered but in comparison to the Greek Orthodox Church..the Armenians have few icons in their churches.
Services rely heavily on four holy books which outline the worship.
The family plays an important role in religious worship. And a strong devotion to the church in family rites has helped keep the Armenian community united in spite of the political divisions which separate the people. After the ritual of Easter worship Armenians in their homes continue to celebrate Christ's resurrection.