The Armenian Genocide

 and Orthodox Christian Holocaust, 1894-1923

Icon: Asia Minor Crucified
On this page, honoring the 1.5 million Armenian Martyrs and the Centennial of their deaths, you will find links to over two dozen posts and resources collected here at Facing Islam which relate to one of the darkest chapters in the 14-century history of Muslim Persecution of Christians, which is acknowledged as the first large-scale genocide of the 20th century.

While it is essential to remember the Armenian Genocide and to work to stop the Islamic genocide against Christians in the Middle East and Africa being committed today, we must recall that the term 'genocide' is a secular one.

As Christians we commemorate those killed not so much as 'genocide victims', but as MartyrsWitnesses for Christ — for they were persecuted and killed by the Turkish Muslims primarily because they were Christians, who refused to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ. As the Lord tells us, "You will be hated by all for My Name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved" (MT 10:22).

Therefore, the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Martyrs from a hundred years ago are a sign for us today, who are living through a new age of mass Christian martyrdom, which may even result in the extinction of Christians from huge areas in the Middle East and Africa. They call out to us to be zealous and faithful to Jesus Christ to the end, for He has conquered the devil and death itself. They and all the New Martyrs of the 21st Century join to call us to deep repentance, and they admonish us to live fully the Christian life.

'Now one cannot be a half-hearted Christian, but only entirely or not at all.' 
~ Hieromonk Seraphim Rose (†1982) ~

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Over 600 cities in Russia to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

The Assyrian Genocide

Muslim Persecution of the Armenians and other Asia Minor Christian communities continues to this day, as these reports attest: