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Eastern Armenian Bibles on Sale at the Diocesan Bookstore

Published: July 29, 2015

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."

Los Angeles Hosts 2015 Special Olympics World Games - Armenia Sends Delegation of Five Athletes

Published: July 28, 2015

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.


Published: July 28, 2015

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.

Upcoming CEC Events

Published: July 22, 2015

The Christian Education Council of the Western Diocese convened its bi-monthly meeting at the Diocesan Headquarters on Saturday, July 18.

Stewardship Reception at the Primate's Residence

Published: July 22, 2015

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.

Primate Pays Pastoral Visit to St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem: Three Parishioners Honored with Hye Spirit Medals, Stole Bearers Ordained and Choir Recognized

Published: July 22, 2015

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.

Week One at “Abp. Vatche Hovsepian Summer Camp”

Published: July 15, 2015

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.

Primate of the Armenian Church Diocese of Iraq Celebrant at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena

Published: July 15, 2015

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.

Upcoming Diocesan Publications

Published: July 15, 2015

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.