The Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church held a memorable event focusing the spotlight on young children ages 3 to 10, when they presented a Palm Sunday and Easter Children’s Show and Luncheon on Saturday, April 12. The children modeled their own special Easter outfit and graced the stage of the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall of the Diocesan complex, making their fashion statement.
Maundy Thursday – Easter (April 18 – April 20) – St. Leon Armenian Cathedral April 23 – Morning: St. Mary’s Armenian Church – Glendale Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Christian world celebrated the Triumphant Entry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into the Holy City of Jerusalem. With over 1000 faithful attending the service at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, the Cathedral’s Pastor. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided over the Palm Sunday service.
A collective service with the participation of the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical Churches will be held at St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Glendale on April 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The day’s celebrant will be His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The day’s homily will be delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian.
On a number of occasions throughout the year, Diocesan clergy of the Greater Los Angeles area visit the elderly residents of Ararat Home. This year was no exception. Earlier in the year the clergy paid a visit with to the residents and conveyed their cordial greetings on the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Christ, our Lord. On April 15, the established annual Diocesan tradition continued. On the occasion of the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the Primate and Diocesan clergy visited Ararat Home and met with the residents.
On April 17, Maundy Thursday, the Washing of the Feet Service was held in the Mother Cathedral, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and the attendance of the Members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
Los Angeles County Recognizes Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide The Armenian Council of America and over 40 members of various Armenian organizations and institutions including the Armenian Chamber of Commerce and the Armenian Caucus for Local SEIU 721 participated in the annual Armenian Genocide recognition ceremony on April 15 at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting where Supervisor Michael Antonovich presented a resolution in recognition of the passage of his motion proclaiming April 24, 2014 as “Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923″ throughout the County. His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian attended the event accompanied by Rev. Fr. Zareh Mansuryan, Rev. Fr. Haroutioun Tachejian. Diocesan benefactor Mr. Antranik Zorayan, Stewardship Committee Chair Dr. Vahram Biricik and Protocol Committee Chair Mr. Peter Darakjian were also in attendance.
On Holy Tuesday, April 15, 2014, with the participation of Archpriest Fr. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian, Rev. Fr. Rev. Fr. Vazken Movsesian, Pastor of the host Parish, and Rev. Fr. Yesai Bedros, the Primate presided over the evening service at St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale dedicated to the Ten Maidens.
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has issued a Pontifical letter approving the election of Very Rev. Fr. Nareg Berberian, Member of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, as the new primate of the Armenian Diocese in Brazil.
On April 12, the regular session of the Ecumenical Council of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was held. During the meeting they reflected on Resolution 410, adopted by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
On April 13, the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church festively celebrated Palm Sunday, which has also been declared as a day for Blessing of Children by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
“Dear faithful people, Great Lent marked the days of prayer, spirituality and reflection, a time for meditation, penitence and repentance to rejuvenate our spirits and strengthen our faithfulness, piousness and love for one another.
Wolfgang Gust’s “The Armenian Genocide” is now available at the Diocesan Bookstore. The Zoryan Institute of Canada has published this highly informative book in the English language which discloses official German diplomatic documents depicting the horror of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. The book may be acquired by visiting the Diocesan Bookstore or by calling at (818)558-7474. The price of the book is $100.
The shipment of 500 copies of the Holy Bible and 500 copies of the New Testament and Psalms have arrived! In Eastern Armenian, the books may be acquired by visiting the Diocesan Bookstore or by calling at (818)558-7474. The Holy Bible is on sale for $25. The price for the New Testament and Psalms is $20.