12/11/2023 Srpazan Hovakim Sermon

Bishop Hovakim Manukyan Inspires Hope in Sunday Sermon at St. Sarkis Church

In a powerful sermon delivered on the 9th Sunday at St. Sarkis Church, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan drew inspiration from Luke 8:49-56, reflecting on the timeless significance of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. The Bishop emphasised the enduring message that even in our darkest moments, hope prevails, transcending the boundaries of time and belief.

Drawing from the biblical promise of resurrection, Bishop Manukyan reminded the congregation of Jesus’ pledge in John 10: “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The Bishop highlighted the profound meaning of life as a divine gift and encouraged believers to trust in something greater than themselves.

Referencing the Book of Wisdom (1:10), Bishop Manukyan reinforced the idea that death is not part of God’s original design, and our purpose is to live, not to die. Drawing parallels between the daughter of Jairus and the cycles of nature, he conveyed the reassurance that, like nature awakens in spring, humans too will rise again with Jesus.

As the congregation left the church, Bishop Manukyan bestowed a blessing and reiterated the message that their creed centers around life. In a poignant conclusion, he addressed the current challenges faced by the nation, urging resilience and faith in the face of adversity. Emphasizing that justice will prevail, the Bishop called on the faithful to hold steadfast to the belief that they will always rise again, no matter the difficulties.

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