Workshop & Study Day at the Armenian Museum of America



V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary
Christina Maranci, Tufts University

Liturgy and Armenia’s Christian DNA
V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary

Father Daniel Findikyan will introduce the liturgy of Armenia: its history, development, and key features. His workshop will explore in particular the ways in which Armenian art responds to the needs of the liturgy.

Collection Study
V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan & Christina Maranci, Tufts University

A handling session with liturgical objects from the Armenian Museum of America.

V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan is Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York, and Director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), New York. Fr. Daniel is a vartabed of the Armenian Church and member of the brotherhood of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin. He earned his doctorate in Liturgical Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he studied under Robert Taft. SJ. He previously earned a Master of Arts degree in Musicology from the City University of New York, and the Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. Fr. Daniel currently serves as President of the Society of Oriental Liturgy and is a member of several other academic and ecumenical organizations. He has been recurring Visiting Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame since 2001 and has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Armenia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Sweden, Slovakia and Russia. Fr. Daniel has published extensively and served as the general editor of the Divine Liturgy book that is used throughout the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and which is about to see its second revised edition.

Christina Maranci is Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and Architecture at Tufts University where she also serves as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Her research focuses on medieval Armenian history and the relationship with the Sasanian, Byzantine, and Islamic empires. Her books include Medieval Armenian Architecture: Constructions of Race and Nation (Peeters, 2001), Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia (Brepols, 2015), and the forthcoming critical art history of ancient and medieval Armenia The Art of Armenia (Oxford University Press).

Transportation Information

An A & A Metro Transportation bus will provide round-trip transportation between Harvard Square and the Armenian Museum in Watertown. The bus will pick up participants on Quincy Street at the Faculty Club entrance (20 Quincy Street). The bus will depart at 9:15 am. The bus will depart the Armenian Museum at 12:30 pm and is scheduled to arrive at Harvard around 1:00 pm.

Reliquary, 18th–19th century, Armenian Museum of America, Watertown, MA. Photo: Armenian Museum of America
Blog at