The Armenian Apostolic Church – Eastern Diocese of America
This month the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America announced the release of Vemkar—a new mobile application for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The app—available free of charge in the App Store and on iTunes—incorporates a wide range of features, including daily scripture readings, photo and video galleries, Armenian spiritual and folk music, a calendar of events, a directory of Diocesan parishes, a prayer request function, and much more. Users are invited to post comments, share images with friends, or read the latest news from the Eastern Diocese.
In Armenian, a “Vemkar” is the specially anointed stone that serves as a movable altar, which can be used for ritual functions in the absence of a permanent sanctuary. As a portable tablet, it allows the sacred power of the Armenian Church to be brought to people in even the most remote places. The Vemkar app places access to the Armenian Church in the palm of one’s hand.
The app is the latest in a series of efforts to expand the Diocese’s digital media outreach.
In June 2010, the Diocese unveiled the complete redesign of its website: www.armenianchurch-ed.net.
The new site serves not only as a platform for the distribution of news and information about the Eastern Diocese, but also as a vibrant portal where visitors can submit questions and ideas, and share content via social media sites.
The website project was followed by a redesigned weekly e-newsletter, and the development of Facebook and Twitter communities.
The Diocese also continues to produce and post short video clips—on topics ranging from the saints and feasts of the Armenian Church to brief news updates and thematic clips focusing on ministry in the modern world—on both its website and YouTube channel.
To learn more about the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, visit www.armenianchurch-ed.net.