On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided over a special meeting of the clergy executive committee at the Headquarters of the Western Diocese in Burbank.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 11, 2015, 19 pilgrims from Burbank, California departed to Las Vegas, Nevada in a memorable religious journey. Led by Mr. Hayk Madoyan, the pilgrims travelled to the neighboring state to take part in the celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Church.
At the invitation of the Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Avak Assadourian, Primate of the Diocese of Iraq, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena on Sunday, July 12, 2015, the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
"Protecting and safeguarding the Armenian Apostolic Church is the sacred responsibility of every Armenian. We are obliged to protect the Armenian Church spiritually and financially in order to ensure the continuity of her mission." - Archbishop Hovnan Derderian
Blessing of the Holy Chrism - Myuronorhnek, as it is commonly known is a sacred ceremonial rite in the life of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Occurring once every 7 years, the ceremonial rite unites Armenians throughout the world in a moving and spiritually uplifting service. 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.