The California Legislature continued its demand to the Federal Government for official recognition of the horrific crimes perpetrated against humanity during the Armenian Genocide on the eve of its centennial anniversary.
On April 9, 2015, the Ministry of the Diaspora, in collaboration with the World Armenian Congress and the Union of Armenians in Russia held an annual contest in Armenia's capital Yerevan. The contest honors those institutions in the Diaspora with notable achievements in the preservation of the Armenian identity.
The Armenian American Medical Society celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium with a special evening commemorating the Armenian Genocide Centennial and celebrating the humanitarian work of medical professionals. The event paid tribute to those individuals who displayed heroism and selflessness during the Genocide and through their actions furthered the cause of human rights.
On the weekend of April 10 – 13, the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian Dean of the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New York visited the Central Valley of California. Fr. Mardiros arrived on Friday and started off what would be a fast tour of the Central Valley by attending the play “Nine Armenians”. On Saturday morning, Fr. Mardiros joined by St. Paul Fresno Parish Priest Fr. Yessai Bedros, visited the Parish of St. Gregory Fowler. There they attended the monthly alter server breakfast prepared by parish priest Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian. In Fowler they also met with their former parish priest and first graduate of St. Nersess, the Rev. Fr. Kevork Arakelian.
Islamized Armenians was the panel discussion topic at the Skirball Cultural Center on Friday, April 10, 2015. Moderated by former AGBU Asbeds Chairman Kurken Berksanlar, the evening's panelists were His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and Canadian-based writer and activist Mr. Raffi Bedrosyan.
A historic ecumenical gathering was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The service was hosted by the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The Centennial of the Armenian Genocide was commemorated at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The event was organized by the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide and the Armenian Law Students' Association.
The Order of the Crucifixion Service (Gark Khachelootyan) was held at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral at 11:00 am on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. The Order of the Burial Service (Gark Taghman) was held in the evening at 6:00 p.m. Both services were presided over by the Primate who also delivered his message to the congregants.
At 10:30 a.m., on Maundy Thursday, the Primate presided over the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in Burbank, California. The day’s celebrant was the Rev. Fr. Zareh Mansuryan.
The came by the thousands. The spiritual center of the Western Diocese was overflowing with faithful on Easter Sunday, April 5, who came to take part in the Feast of the Victorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and greet one another with the glorious news. Filled to capacity, the heavenly chants of the Divine Liturgy performed by the Khachadourian Choir echoed out onto the streets.
In remembrance of the Armenian Genocide’s Centennial, the Ladies’ Society of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Ventura County will present a free concert on April 12, 2015, featuring the work of composer Albert Darakjian of Westlake Village. The concert, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks, will commence at approximately 1:45 pm, immediately following Divine Liturgy Services. A reception will follow the concert.
More than 500 guests attended the opening night reception of the highly anticipated three-day unique exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on April 8, 2015. Organized by the AGBU Asbeds, in collaboration with the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, the exhibit showcased sketches, illustrations and photographs of Front Page Coverage of the Armenian Genocide in the World Press. Government officials, clergy, community leaders, scholars and professors alike attended the event. Among the dignitaries in attendance was the Honorable Congressman Brad Sherman who commended the important undertaking of the AGBU Asbeds in bringing awareness of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 through the highly educational exhibition. As a token of his appreciation, Congressman Sherman presented the a flag of the United States of America to AGBU Asbeds' Chairman Dr. Harout Yaghsesian.
Dozens of hospital employees, patients and visitors gathered at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital on Good Friday for a worship service led by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese Armenian Church of North America, which commemorated the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ. His Eminence was accompanied by the Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian, Deacon Artak Khachikyan and Mr. Vahe Sargsyan of the TV and Media Department.