Memorial Day is not a vacation day. Memorial Day is truly a gift in our spiritual life when we remember in our prayers the courageous members of the military who sacrificed their lives for this freedom-loving country and valued their God-given lives in a most dignified way in the service of God. Let us all pause for a minute and reflect on their vision of love and compassion for the blessed country of the United States of America. They died leaving behind a rich legacy of dedicated service. The peace and the prosperity that we all cherish today is the fruit of their labor and sacrifice.
St. Peter Armenian Church of Van Nuys celebrated its annual Dream Gala at the George Deukmejian Grand Ballroom of Ararat Home on Saturday, May 16, 2015. More than 400 friends and supporters of the St. Peter Van Nuys parish gathered at the beautifully decorated venue in celebration of the recently acquired church property.
The Feast of the Holy Ascension (Hampartzoum) was observed by the Armenian Apostolic Church on May 14, 2015. The feast marks the ascent of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven on the 40th day after His glorious Resurrection.
For the Armenian people, this year is historic, indeed. 2015 marks the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide and millions of Armenians around the world will pay homage to our 1.5 million martyred ancestors. In the life of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the year also coincides with the sacred ceremonial rite of the Blessing of the Holy Chrism - Myuronorhnek, as it is commonly known. On the auspicious occasion, the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America happily announces a pilgrimage to Armenia (September 17 - October 1) to witness this one-of-a-kind ceremony in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of the Armenian people. Myuronorhnek, officiated by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will take place on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
On May 17, 2015, the Los Angeles Chapter of Vasbouragan Society marked the 100th anniversary of the Resistance at Van (April 19 - May 4, 1915) with a grandiose celebration consisting of a rich cultural program at the Hoover High School Auditorium in Glendale.
The 51st ACYO Sports Weekend is almost here. Starting Friday, May 22, teams from ACYO chapters across the Western Diocese will compete for top-prize honors in various sports including basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, table tennis, backgammon and tug-of-war.
On April 24 Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other dignitaries commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by unveiling the Colorado State Capitol Khachkar, an intricate monument crafted in Armenia dedicated in honor of the victims of all crimes against humanity.
For over a year and a half, the pre-school building of the Armenian Church of Las Vegas, which has an enrollment of close to 60 students, has also served as the sanctuary of the parish where the Divine Liturgy has been celebrated and the faithful have accepted the body and blood of Christ, our Lord through Holy Communion. Phase One of the construction of the Armenian Church Complex of Las Vegas officially commenced on October 14, 2013. The school building was completed in April 2014.
Ecumenical Prayer Service - May 7, 2015 Washington's famed National Cathedral was the site of a historic ecumenical service on May 7, 2015, with H.H. Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and H.H. Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia leading clergy of the Armenian Church and heads of other faiths in prayers of remembrance, respect, unity and revival. The Catholicoi reunited once again at the nation's capital following the canonization ceremony of the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on April 23.
Days after their moving concert at the nation's capital, on May 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Armenian National Philharmonic orchestra delivered yet another memorable performance at the world famous Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. "A Concert of Remembrance" as it was titled, was dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.