Children of Western Armenia: Deacon Narek Petrosyan

  • by Western Armenia, December 02, 2023 in Society

Dedicated, extremely hardworking, infinitely kind, infinitely caring, principled, living with the pain and sorrow of a soldier, courageous, victorious over death, the ancient Ghevond of today... These descriptions resonate with a lot of love from the mouths of people who knew Deacon Narek Petrosyan, who was martyred during the 44-day war, naturally! , frankly, because everyone's favorite spiritual minister was indeed a zealous bearer of all these qualities.

Deacon Narek was born in Stepanakert in 1988, he sacrificed his life for his native land, Artsakh and the people of Artsakh, on October 29, he rushed to the front line, one of the defensive positions of Martuni , to provide aid to the soldiers, when an anti-aircraft missile targeted his car. He was four years old when the Artsakh Liberation War began. He lost his freedom fighter father. He did his primary education in Chouchi and attended high school in Etchmiatsin. 2004-2010 studied at the Georgian Theological Seminary in Echmiadzin, from which he graduated with honors. Initially, he worked at the Holy See Christian Education Center in Etchmiadzin. Then he was commissioned as a member of the RA Armed Forces Regiment, leaving to serve in his native Artsakh. He took his first steps in spiritual activity in the Church of Saint-Hovhannes-the-Baptist (Green Hour) in Shushi. Here too his dedicated type was recognized and appreciated by Bishop Abrahamyan of Ter Vrtanes. He then offered the young deacon the position of spiritual leader of the RA Armed Forces, his assistant. Deacon Narek Petrosyan also participated in the four-day April event. At that time, he encouraged soldiers in the combat bases of Martakert and Talish. Narek was a kind of soldier, a warrior. He wore a military uniform during the war. The holy guardian cross of Ashot Yerkat was on his chest, he blessed the warriors with a hand cross. He liked to repeat. “A courageous shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”