Mesrop Aramian

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Fr. Mesrop Aramian
Մեսրոպ քահանա Արամյան
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Born
Matevos Aramian

(1966-06-20) June 20, 1966 (age 52)
NationalityArmenian
Citizenship Armenia
EducationMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology
ChurchArmenian Apostolic Church logo.png Armenian Apostolic Church
TitleFather

Fr. Mesrop Aramian (Armenian: Տ. Մեսրոպ քահանա Արամյան, born June 20, 1966, Yerevan, Armenian SSR) is a priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church, theologian, scholar, writer, film producer, social entrepreneur and educator. He is a co-founder and member of the board of trustees of the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST.)[1] He is the Director of the National Program for Educational Excellence[2][3]․ He is the chairman of the board of trustees of Ayb School and co-founder of the Ayb Educational Foundation.[4] Fr. Mesrop Aramian is a member of the AUAC Board of Trustees.[5] He is a member of the board of trustees of Monte Melkonian Military School. Fr. Mesrop Aramian is the founder and director of Gandzasar Theological Center and Vem Media Arts.[6] He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Vem Radio.[6] He is the scriptwriter and producer of the documentary From Ararat to Zion,[7][8] creative producer of the film The Book and the author of its idea.[9][10] He has authored publications, articles, research studies, radio and TV shows, as well as educational projects and programs.

Early life and education[edit]

Fr. Mesrop (baptismal name Matevos) Aramian was born on June 20, 1966, in Yerevan.

Fr. Mesrop is a graduate of Physics-Mathematics Special School in Yerevan. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) with a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Theoretical Physics in 1990. He successfully passed Lev Landau's "Theoretical Minimums" in 1995-1996 and joined Vitaly Ginzburg's theoretical physics group in 1998. He was ordained a priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church on May 28, 1991.

Professional life[edit]

In 1991, Fr. Mesrop Aramian founded Gandzasar Theological Center and heads it as Director and Editor-in-Chief.[6] To date, the Center has published over 80 publications.

In 2002, he founded Vem spiritual-cultural radio station and has since been its Editor-in-Chief.[6]

In 2004, he created and still heads Vem Media Arts film production studio, which has released 12 environmental documentaries.[11] Vem Media Arts has also produced two television shows: Catechism and Spiritual Discussions.

In 2006, in association with a group of friends, he established the Ayb Educational Foundation.

In 2010, Vem Media Arts released the internationally acclaimed documentary feature film, From Ararat to Zion,[8][12] depicting the centuries-old Armenian presence in the Holy Land. Fr. Mesrop Aramian is the writer and producer of the film.[7]

In 2011, the Ayb Educational Foundation established Ayb School. Fr. Mesrop Aramian is the chairman of the board of trustees of Ayb School and author of educational curricula.[4]

From 2013 to 2018, he was Adviser to the RA President on Education on a voluntary basis.[13]

In 2014, Vem Media Arts studio released the film The Book.[14] Fr. Mesrop Aramian is the creative producer and author of the film idea.[9][10]

In 2014, the RA Ministry of Education and Science and Ayb Educational Foundation in cooperation with the University of Cambridge and UCL Institute of Education launched a major educational initiative - the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE), based on Ayb School's curricula.[2][3] Fr. Mesrop Aramian is the Program Director.

In 2016, Fr. Mesrop Aramian was elected to the board of trustees of AUAC.[5]

Since 2017, he has been a co-founder and member of the board of trustees of the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST.) [1]

Since 2017, Fr. Mesrop Aramian has been a member of the board of trustees of Monte Melkonian Military School.

Affiliations[edit]

He is a member of the Artsakh Diocesan Council and was twice elected a delegate for the National Ecclesiastic Assembly from the Artsakh Diocese.

He serves as a Board member of the Luys Foundation Education Board.[15]

He is a member of the International Association of Patristic Studies.

Awards and honors[edit]

On June 5, 2010, Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan awarded Fr. Mesrop Aramian with Mesrop Mashtots order.[16][17]

On June 2, 2017, Fr. Mesrop Aramian was awarded a 2nd Class Medal for Services to the Motherland․ [18]

Personal life[edit]

Fr. Mesrop Aramian is married. Together with his spouse Irina, they raise seven children: Nerses, Mariam, Marta, Gayane, Mikayel, Sofia, and Hovhannes.

Articles[edit]

  • “St Gregory of Narek: Genius of Prayer,” April 18, 2015.[19]
  • “Jumping over the Abyss,” April 3, 2015[20]
  • “Values,” March 16, 2015.[21]
  • “A Mission that Unites Us All,” April 7, 2015.[22]
  • “Competitive Education and Armenian Realities,” April 10, 2011.[23]
  • “Restoring the Orthography of the Armenian Nation: A Task for Our Generation,” January 18, 2009.[24]

Interviews[edit]

Published works[edit]

Collection of works[edit]

Theological studies[edit]

  • "Erek‘ tiezerakan žoġovneri dawanut‘iwnə" (astuacabanakan aknark) [The Confession of Faith of the Three Ecumenical Councils: A Theological Sketch]. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 1 (1992): 110-140.
  • "Hay Ekeġec‘u k‘ristosabanakan mtk‘i uruagcer (D-Ǝ dd.)" (dawanabanakan ētiwd) [An Outline of the Christological Thought of the Armenian Church (IV-VIII Centuries): Dogmatic Study]. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 2 (1992): 86-122.
  • "Mkrtut‘ean araroġut‘ean astuacabanut‘iwnə" [The Theology of the Rite of Baptism]. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 3 (1993): 57-88, 4 (1993):72-94.
  • "Mieġinut‘ean skzbunk‘ə astuacabanut‘ean mej" [The Principle of Oneness in Theology]. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 5 (1994): 81-96.
  • "Yovhannēs Sarkawagi 'Yałags nšanaki hawatoy Nikiakann VŽƎ-ic‘n' žoġovacun" [Hovhannes Sarkavag's Collection 'On the Confession of Faith of the 318 [Fathers] of Nicea']. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 6(1996): 44-78.
  • "Uġġap‘aṙ hawatk‘i dawanut‘iwnə orpēs hogewor keank‘i himk‘" [The Confession of Orthodox Faith as the Basis for Spiritual Life]. Yerevan: Vem. Gandzasar Theological Review 7 (2002): 27-49.
  • "K‘ristosi paycaṙakerput‘iwnə" [The Transfiguration of Christ]. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 8 (2010): 11-20.

Translations and other studies[edit]

  • S. Nersēs Šnorhali. T‘uġt‘ əndhanrakan [Encyclical]. Translated into E Armenian by Fr. Mesrop Aramian, Tigran Khachatryan and Seda Stamboltsyan. Yerevan, 1991. Gandzasar series.
  • Surb Neġos Sinayec‘i [St. Nilus of Sinai]. Aġot‘k‘i masin [On Prayer]. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 1 (1992): 177-196. Trans. into E Armenian.
  • Erg Ergoc‘, handerj meknut‘eamb naxneac‘ [Song of Songs, With Commentary of Ancient Fathers]. Yerevan, 1993. Gandzasar series. Study.
  • S. Yovhan Mandakuni [St. John Mandakuni]. T‘ułt‘k‘ [Epistles], 1-4. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 3 (1993): 122-146. Trans. into E Armenian.
  • S. Grigor Lusaworič‘ [St. Gregory the Illuminator]. Yačaxapatum čaṙer [Stromata], 1, 2, 16. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 4 (1993): 134-164. Trans. into E Armenian.
  • Hogewor keank‘i masin [On Spiritual Life]. Yerevan, 1997. Gandzasar series. Collection of discourses by medieval Armenian Fathers. Five of the discourses were translated by Fr. Mesrop Aramian.
  • Aġot‘agirk‘ [Prayer Book]. Yerevan: Vem, 2000. [Compiler, co-translator and author of additional materials]. Classical Armenian texts and parallel E Armenian translations.
  • Surb At‘anas Alek‘sandrac‘i [St. Athanasius of Alexandria]. Ordu mardeġut‘ean ew Surb Errordut‘ean masin [On the Incarnation of the Son and on the Holy Trinity]. Translated from Classical Armenian by Fr. Mesrop Aramian and Deacon Sahak Ghazaryan. Yerevan: Vem. Gandzasar Theological Review 7(2002): 188-212.
  • Surb Yovhannēs Ojnec‘i [St. John of Odzun]. Ǝnddēm erewut‘akanneri [Against Docetists]. Translated from Classical Armenian by Fr. Mesrop Aramian and Deacon Ara Nalchajyan. Yerevan: Vem. Gandzasar Theological Review 7(2002): 237-273.
  • Srabazan Patarag Hay Aṙak‘elakan Uġġap‘aṙ Surb Ekeġec‘woy [The Divine Liturgy of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church]. Yerevan: Gandzasar Theological Center, 2010. Study and E Armenian translation with parallel Classical Armenian text.

Critical Editions of Classical Armenian Texts[edit]

  • Yovhannēs Sarkawag. Yałags Nšanaki hawatoy Nikiakann YŽƎ-ic‘n [On the Confession of Faith of the 318 [Fathers] of Nicea]. Discourse 1. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 6(1996): 278-297.
  • Pōłos Tarōnac‘i. Ban hawatoy ənddēm herjuacołac‘ [Word of Faith Against Heretics]. Yerevan:Vem. Gandzasar Theological Review 7 (2002): 298-331.
  • Yovhannēs Sarkawag. Yałags Nšanaki hawatoy Nikiakann YŽƎ-ic‘n [On the Confession of Faith of the 318 [Fathers] of Nicea]. Discourses 5-7, 10-11. Yerevan: Vem. Gandzasar Theological Review 7 (2002): 332-370.
  • Yovhannēs Erznkac‘u "I ČX sałmosn" čaṙə [John of Erznka's Discourse on the 140th Psalm], Yerevan:Vem. Gandzasar Theological Review 7 (2002): 384-386.
  • Yovhannēs Sarkawag. Yałags Nšanaki hawatoy Nikiakann YŽƎ-ic‘n [On the Confession of Faith of the 318 [Fathers] of Nicea]. Discourses 2-4, 8-9, 12-14. Yerevan. Gandzasar Theological Review 8 (2010): 351-455.

Other[edit]

  • Awag Šabat‘ (gunazardman grk‘uyk) [The Holy Week (coloring book)]. Yerevan: Gandzasar Theological Review, 1992. (Author of the texts).

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