Sourp Zadik at Sourp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir -
Amber Kaz with her mother in the church. (Photo: Gulisor Akkum / The Armenian Weekly)
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (A.W.)—Hundreds turned out for Easter Sunday Mass at the Sourp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir (Dikranagerd) in what is now eastern Turkey.
Among the attendees were newly-elected Diyarbakir Metropolitan co-mayor Fırat Anlı and former mayor of the Diyarbakir Sur Municipality Abdullah Demirbaş.
Der Kevork Çınaryan led the Mass at the largest Armenian church in the Middle East, which was renovated and opened for service three years ago.
Last year, the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul had come under harsh criticism for not sending a member of the clergy to lead Easter Mass at Sourp Giragos.
Kenan Sarraf, a member of the Sourp Giragis Foundation, told the Weekly that he was gratified to witness close to 1,500 people attend the Easter celebration at the church.
An Armenian girl, Amber Kaz, whose mother hails from Sassoun, was baptized after Easter Mass. Her family currently lives in Istanbul but wanted to see Amber Kaz baptized at Sourp Giragos.
An exhibition, titled “Bearing Witness to the Lost History of an Armenian Family Through the Lens of the Dildilian Brothers (1872-1923),” opened after the Easter Mass.
The ARMENIAN WEEKLY
Diyarbakir correspondent Gulisor Akkum.