Sooo beautiful!! Thank you, for sharing this, dear. I just saw this so please forgive me for the long story I am about to tell you but this reminds me of my first encounter with Armenian Christians.
When I was around 10 years old my bible study teacher told me about the universal church. I wanted to find someone who was not an Ethiopian who was of the same faith. Everyone I know who was not Ethiopian was either Roman Catholic or a protestant of some denomination. He told me about the sister churches. He said one day when you grow up and can go to places by yourself you might get to meet our Armenian brothers and sisters right here in Addis. He told me they were the first to accept the faith as a country and the story of the king who wrote to the Lord. He told me where the Armenian Church was in Addis. So after a few years my secondary school was located a short distance from St. George Armenian Orthodox Church, and I kept looking out as I passed by every weekday hoping to see someone, but it seemed every time I was going to school that was not the time that the church would be open. Until one day I got off from my ride to school a block away from the Church and started walking toward my school and suddenly I looked and the Church was open! I stood and hesitated whether or not I should stand there watch by the outside gait. All I wanted to see was someone, but from where I stood it was not possible to see well, I could vaguely see some people's back. I was in my school uniform, pressed for time, I did not know if I should just stand there and wait until the service was done or not because this is a rare chance to see a Christian from Armenia. While I was still hesitating lo and behold all of a sudden a priest with incredibly beautiful priestly vestment came out with censor in his arms and chanting in his beautiful voice he stood censing and he looked straight at me, well I was the only one by the iron gate with a red school uniform staring with mouth gaped open. :)So you could say there was no one else to see.
But at that time I was like O! My Lord thank You! Thank You! I felt blessed somehow. Well let's just say I was floating that day. I told everyone I could tell how beautiful this priest looked how he was holding a censor exactly like our priests do and how he had a beautiful voice until I started to annoy some with my overexcitement. But that day stayed with me till this day it's a joy and comfort that overtakes me when I meet members of the Church.
Thank you again for all these.I hope God willing I might get to do Pilgrimage to Armenia , see all those Holy places and venerate the holy martyrs of Armenia in the very place that is santified by thier blood.