His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has issued a Pontifical letter approving the election of Very Rev. Fr. Nareg Berberian, Member of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, as the new primate of the Armenian Diocese in Brazil.
On April 12, the regular session of the Ecumenical Council of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was held. During the meeting they reflected on Resolution 410, adopted by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
On April 13, the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church festively celebrated Palm Sunday, which has also been declared as a day for Blessing of Children by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
“Dear faithful people, Great Lent marked the days of prayer, spirituality and reflection, a time for meditation, penitence and repentance to rejuvenate our spirits and strengthen our faithfulness, piousness and love for one another.
Wolfgang Gust’s “The Armenian Genocide” is now available at the Diocesan Bookstore. The Zoryan Institute of Canada has published this highly informative book in the English language which discloses official German diplomatic documents depicting the horror of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. The book may be acquired by visiting the Diocesan Bookstore or by calling at (818)558-7474. The price of the book is $100.
The shipment of 500 copies of the Holy Bible and 500 copies of the New Testament and Psalms have arrived! In Eastern Armenian, the books may be acquired by visiting the Diocesan Bookstore or by calling at (818)558-7474. The Holy Bible is on sale for $25. The price for the New Testament and Psalms is $20.
On September 11, 2010, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians consecrated the spiritual center of the Western Diocese, namely St. Leon Armenian Cathedral. Own the historic ceremony on DVD which is a testament to the unwavering Christian spirit of the Armenian people.
We are delighted to inform the Diocesan faithful of the release of the Gomidas Divine Liturgy CD presented by St. Leon Armenian Cathedral’s Joint Choir. The double-disc CD set makes a perfect Easter gift.
One week before the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Palm Sunday, celebrating the Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Jesus comes into Jerusalem riding atop a donkey and the people gather to meet Him with reverence, thus fulfilling the words of the prophet from the Old Testament.
On April 4, Junior ACYO members gathered at the Western Diocese to travel to Abp. Vatche Hovsepian Summer Camp for the Junior Retreat, which was held from April 4-6. Juniors from Central and Northern California joined as well for this spiritually enriching and educational retreat on Science and Religion. The sessions were led by Rev. Fr. Vartan Kasparian, Rev. Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian and Rev. Fr. Mesrop Ash. The retreat was organized by the ACYO Central Council with the guidance of the Youth Director, Deacon Mkrtich Ksachikyan.
We are happy to inform that the deadline for submitting application for this year’s CYMA pilgrimage to Armenia has been extended through May 1st . Don’t miss out on your chance to take part in a pilgrimage of a lifetime!
We are happy to present the schedule of Holy Week Services at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral. All faithful are cordially invited to attend the services leading up to the Victorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
St. John Ladies Society retreat led by Fr. Sarkis Petoyan Parish Priest of St. Gregory Armenian Church of Pasadena, and Fr. Mesrop Ash Parish Priest of St. John Armenian Church of San Francisco, was held on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
The Diocesan tradition of visiting Armenian Schools to bring the Good News to the youth continues. On April 11, 2014, Diocesan clergy visited Armenian Schools and distributed Holy Communion to the students and the administration.