On July 26, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the faithful witnessed the sacrament of priesthood ordination.
The bookstore of the Western Diocese is please to announce a sale on the Holy Bible. In Eastern Armenian, the translation, compared to other Armenian translations, contains the collection of books authorized and approved by the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church (complete canonical books). They have been translated from the classical Armenian manuscripts which are also known as "Queen of Translations."
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, being staged in Los Angeles from July 25 - August 2, 2015, is the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, with 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators in attendance.
During the month of July 2015, ACYO Central Council Chairman Jacqueline Boyadzhyan, Central Council member Sona Khachikyan, and ACYO member Lilit Khachikyan visited the Nakashian Children’s Support Center in Yerevan, Armenia, and spent time and with the girls of the Mer Hooys program. Jacqueline and Sona raised money to bring a variety of gifts and arts and crafts supplies to the Center, and spent time with the girls at the Center. They had the chance to see the talented art work created by some of the older girls.
On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided over a special meeting of the clergy executive committee at the Headquarters of the Western Diocese in Burbank.
The mission of the Stewardship Program is aligned with the Armenian Apostolic Church’s principal mission of being a light to all Armenian believers providing the faithful with the spiritual knowledge and nourishment to ensure their growth in to become mature Christians (1 Corinthians 2:15). In practical terms, therefore, the mission of the Western Diocese Stewardship Program is to ensure the future vitality and growth of our church.
On Sunday, July 19, 2015, the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian made an official visit to St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem where His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy and offer the homily. During the services, the Primate also presented the Diocesan Hye Spirit Award to three of our parishioners based on the recommendation of the Parish Council and Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Zaven Makosyan. Honored this year were Charlie Davidian, Lucille Margosian and Marilyn Zerounian.
The youth and their sound relationship with the Armenian Apostolic Church has always been a top priority for H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian throughout his Primacy. Nestled in the Sierra Mountains "The Arcbhishop Vatche Hovsepian Summer Camp" allows campers to embrace the natural setting of God’s creation.
The faithful of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena cordially welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Avak Assadourian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenain Church of Iraq who was the celebrant and homilist on Sunday, July 12, the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The one of the Five Tabernacle Feasts on the calendar of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church.
We are pleased to announce about the publication of three new titles. The first is a "Collection of Sermons - Vol. XII" authored by H.E. Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese. The second, titled "The History of Armenian Monasticism and the Rank of "Vartabeds" (Origins, Development, Growth, IV-XVIII century), is authored by the Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian. The third publication is titled "Defending our Faith." It is authored by Rev. Archpriest Fr. Vartan Kasparian and offers an apologist stance of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Faith.
On July 11, 2015, 19 pilgrims from Burbank, California departed to Las Vegas, Nevada in a memorable religious journey. Led by Mr. Hayk Madoyan, the pilgrims travelled to the neighboring state to take part in the celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Church.