The Primate's April 24th Message

Apr 23, 2015 — We present the video message of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America on the occasion of the Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
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Solemn Celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral In Memory of the 1.5 Million Armenian Saints

Apr 23, 2015 — Mere hours after the canonization of the 1.5 million Armenian Martyrs into Sainthood, nearly one thousand five hundred people flocked St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in Burbank on Thursday, April 23rd, for the Solemn celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The service was also attended by state officials, foreign officials, civic leaders, benefactors and leaders of Armenian organizations.
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1.5 Million Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Canonized into the Sainthood

Apr 23, 2015 — On April 23, 2015, 1.5 million martyred Armenian souls will rest in the abode of the heavenly saints. On Thursday, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians accompanied by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia officiated the biggest canonization service in history. The two hour ceremony, held outside of the Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, proclaimed the martyrdom of those killed for their faith and homeland. The historic day marked the first time in 400 years that the Armenian Church has used the rite of canonization. The ceremony was attended by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and other high-ranking dignitaries and ecumenical guests. Twelve bishops and archbishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church participated in the ceremonial rite.
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