"Paying homage to the Martyred Clergymen of the Armenian Genocide" was the title of yet another memorable cultural event organized by the Zvartnots Cultural Committee on Wednesday, August 25. Held at the Hampar Family Reception Room, the evening's lecturer was the renowned writer and historian Archpriest Fr. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian.
The 2015-2016 school year for St. Leon Armenian Cathedral's Little Angels Saturday School resumed on August 22, 2015. The Primate, the Cathedral's Pastor Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, and Deacon Hovhannes Gumruyan welcomed the students who were eager to begin yet another exciting academic year.
The third clergy conference of 2015 convened at the Western Diocese on Tuesday, August 25. Presided by the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, close to 35 clergymen including H.E. Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian participated in the conference.
On August 19, the Diocesan Primate, paid a pastoral visit to St. Apkar Armenian Church in Arizona. Archbishop Derderian was accompanied by the Executive Director of the Western Diocese Dn. Harout Markarian.
On Saturday, August 22nd, the Primate presided over the Construction Committee at the Diocesan Headquarters in Burbank during which current and upcoming construction projects were discussed and analyzed.
DEFENDING THE FAITH, is the latest Diocesan publication. Authored by Archpriest Fr. Vartan Kasparian, the insightful and informative book analyzes the Faith of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church from the apologetic stance.
On August 19, the preparatory works for the Blessing of the Holy Muron commenced in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. After the Evening Service, the silver cauldron filled with olive oil was placed on the Main Altar of the Mother Cathedral and was covered with an embroidered veil. For 40 days until the Blessing of the Holy Muron, prayers will be offered each day following Evening Services.
For the ninth year, Mr. Nahabed Melkonian, a Jerusalem-born Armenian writer and intellectual led a group of 400 pilgrims to St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa on Saturday, August 15, the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God.
On Saturday, August 15, the Primate met with the Parish Council of the Armenian Church of Victorville at the Diocesan Headquarters in Burbank. The purpose of the meeting was to offer pastoral guidance and support for the revitalized parish.
On Sunday, August 16, the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God, the residents of Ararat Home received a pastoral visit from Archpriest Fr. Sipan Mekhsian. The priest was accompanied by Deacon Stephen Hovagimian.