Azad-Hye, Dubai, 24 February 2006: Vartanants was commemorated at the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy on 23 February 2006. The participants collectively said the Lord’s Prayer, followed by Saint Nersess Shnorhali’s hymn entitled “Norahrash Bsagavor”. The students of the College also sang a number of other hymns and patriotic songs.
Deacon Tigran Baghumyan, the Administrator of the College spoke about the spirit of Vartanants. First of all he congratulated the three students of the College named after Vartan and advised them to follow his and his brave friends’ example, who kept their indestructible spirit of patriotism. The trio then were given presents for their name day.
“ For centuries, - said Deacon Baghumyan-, our forefathers have been inspired by the strength of the unyielding spirit of Vartanants, have faced the enemy with the same spirit and have always been victorious. Today, dear students of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy, that same spirit is urging us to dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to the task of building a prosperous fatherland, keeping unshakable the faith of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church and the eternal bond between our people and God”.
According to the traditions of the Armenian Church Vartanants Feast is also nomenclature of His Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, the College students sung the “Hayrabedakan Maghtank” and promised in the future to study with more dedication.
The programme of the commemoration concluded with a festive lunch.
Source: The College’s press release in Armenian language
We would like to thank Mr. Asadour Guzelian for the English translation