My One Year Anniversary

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 2018


It was on the Feast of the Exaltation last year, Sunday September 17, 2017 that I entered the hospital which resulted in a 6 month stay, leading me to Tufts Medical Center where I was ultimately given two heart pumps VADs) following a horrific ordeal which left me on the precipice of life and death. I am so deeply thankful for this experience and feel the miracle of Christ’s suffering and the profound mystery of His Cross in my life in a way that I could never before have understood it, having been practically immersed in His Blood soaked mercy. I truly communed with the suffering Christ and see the glory beyond His Holy Cross. On that day, I was literally unable to Exalt the Cross at the conclusion of Badarak and asked my deacon Gevork to do it for me as I was quickly failing in strength and breath, with my heart ejecting only 5% of its blood on each pump and unknown to me, having kidneys which were quite literally on the brink of all out failure and a liver which was close to shutting down as no oxygen was being flownated to my organs.

Today on this Feast of the Exaltation, I too am exalted with the Glory of God and by His glorious and majestic power I am so gratefully able to exalt this Holy Cross decorated with Basil the Royal Herb.

I am as thankful to all of you for your continued support, love and prayers as much as I am for my Lord who sustains me and has revealed Himself to me in ways that I could not possibly have perceived without becoming so weak and dependent upon Him even for every breath that I took throughout the ordeal. Today, my organs have fully healed are functioning well and I feel warmth in my body and hands. Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ!

Before your Holy Cross O Lord do I humble myself and bow down before your majesty.

Prayerfully Der Shnork Souin, Pastor


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Fr. Shnork Souin

Priest of the Armenian Orthodox Church

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