The Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of All Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The need for setting aside one day in the ecclesiastical calendar to honor 'all saints' was felt right after the Persecutions. Obviously, and in spite of the fact that the Church was already celebrating the memory of well-known saints, it was impossible to know individually and by name, all those who gave themselves for the faith in Christ. And though the day of commemoration varied among the various local Churches, the faithful of the Christian Church at large felt the need not only to commemorate the life and martyrdom of those athletes of the new faith, but also to establish a communion with them.
The Annual State of the City Address featuring Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon was held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Marriott Hotel in Burbank. Hundreds including civic officials, religious leaders, and city residents attended the event which was organized by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the event and delivered the invocation.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) had once again gathered an army of men to lead this year’s Army of Pink campaign! GAMC had partnered with prominent community members in Glendale to help fight cancer through early detection and treatment. The campaign’s objective was to increase awareness about breast cancer and local resources available at the hospital. Our Primate was one of six candidates of this year’s campaign. Throughout October, the men carried the message of hope and educated the community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Armenian Bar Association’s Annual Judges’ Night was held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale. This year’s honorees included Presiding Judge David S. Wesley, Judge Kevin C. Brazile and Immigration Judge Ashley Tabaddor.
On October 24, 2014, ACYO seniors gathered at Abp. Vatche Hovsepian Summer Camp for the annual ACYO Senior Retreat. The beautiful nature of our camp and the fresh air four thousand feet above the sea level filled us with positive energy and prepared us for a wonderful weekend of fellowship and reflection. Our retreat sessions were led by Rev. Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian, Fr. Yessai Bedros, and Deacon Mkrtich Ksachikyan, who shared the teachings of the Armenian Church on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and important facts to consider prior to dating and before saying “I do.”
November 1 – Armenian Church of Las Vegas - Groundbreaking ceremony of the church building November 2 – Sts. Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Church in Reedley (Celebrant and Homilist) 90th Anniversary of the establishment of the Parish
On Tuesday, October 7, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Western Diocese, ordained and consecrated the Rev. Fr. Serovbe Alanjian was into the Sacred Order of the Priesthood. Hundreds including Diocesan faithful and ecumenical leaders participated in the ceremonial rite which was held at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in Burbank.
Under the auspices of the Primate, a special evening dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the passing of His Holiness Vasken I, the late Catholicos of All Armenians was held on Sunday, October 26th. With more than two hundred fifty people in attendance, the evening of tribute was held at the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall and was organized by the “Zvartnots” Cultural Committee of the Western Diocese.
The 4th Annual Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness, organized by the Datev Outreach, took place on October 23. Activists calling for a greater awareness of domestic violence within the Armenian community walked the 8.8 Kilometer road between the St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale to the St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in Burbank, during the dense evening commute to accentuate the dire need to bring the issue of family violence to forum.
On Sunday, October 26, the Armenian Apostolic Church will observe the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (Kyood Khachi). According to ecclesiastical chronicles, an informed Jew from Jerusalem by the name of Judah was forced to disclose the place where the cross was buried. Three crosses were found, one of the being our Lord’s, the others belonging to the two criminals crucified with Him. In order to authenticate the true cross, the body of a youth who had recently died was placed on each. When he was placed on the third cross he was resurrected and thus the true and Holy Cross was discovered. At that time, Bishop Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem elevated the Holy Cross before the faithful who, having witnessed the miracle was awe-inspired and venerated it. The commemoration of this historical event is celebrated on the closest Sunday to October 26 and is called Discovery of the Holy Cross.
St. Apkar Armenian Church in Scottsdale Arizona marked its 5th anniversary of consecration on Sunday, October 19, 2014. On the auspicious occasion, the Primate travelled to the Arizona Parish where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon. Archbishop Derderian was assisted at the Holy Altar by the Rev. Fr. Zacharia Saribekyan and the deacons of the host parish.
On October 19, 2014, more than 800 people attended a spectacular and unforgettable performance by the Gevorkian Dance Academy. One hundred dancers of all ages took the stage in San Diego’s first ever Dances Under the Stars at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, California. The mesmerizing choreography, dazzling costumes, and spirited music brought the audience into the very heart of the Armenian culture.
The Zorayan Museum Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church are pleased to present a special art exhibition, featuring the paintings of international artist and architectural designer KOKO. The art exhibition of his works on canvas titled “Between Two Worlds,” will open on Thursday November 6 and run through November 7 at the Zorayan Museum, located in the Western Diocesan Complex of the Armenian Church of North America, 3325 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank, CA.