“The newly growing Christian life in the Armenian world, was nurtured by the blood of the Apostles St.Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, the first illuminators, spreading the light of Christ’s Gospel, the reborn martyrs and the heroes of our Faith. Our people during all of history, were often glorified on the altar of martyrdom, becoming a venerable example of piety. During the years of the Genocide also, the stories of martyrdom and sufferings of our children, as much as it caused pain and sorrow, also created new impetus to strengthen and have courage of faith, as it was in the case of the Christians of the first centuries…”
(His Holiness Karekin II, Armenian Patriarch on the Armenian Genocide of 1915-18)  [Persecution; Martyrs]