Little Angels Academy School students delighted the audience with their beautiful performances of Christmas Carols on Thursday, December 18, 2014. An annual tradition at the Western Diocese, the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall was the venue of this year’s play.
We are happy to announce that the Very Rev. Fr. Sipan Gevorgyan, the Pastor of the Armenian community of Chile and the Very Rev. Fr. Gevorg Hayrapetyan from the Holy See of St. James in Jerusalem are presently visiting the Western Diocese.
On December 18, AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian School students received a pastoral visit from His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The students, who had gathered at the schools gymnasium, performed festive songs dedicated to the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Christ, our Lord. Accompanying the Primate were Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, Pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena and the Very Rev. Fr. Sipan Gevorgyan, Pastor of the Armenian community of Chile. Addressing the students, Fr. Sarkis spoke about the significance of Holy Communion and a prayerful life.
For the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Motherland and the Diaspora, the year 2015 is historic and symbolic, indeed. The year is a cornerstone for our people as we prepare to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. However, the Centennial is also a testament to the Resurrection and the spiritual reawakening of the Armenian people. For Armenians, the 20th century commenced with a woeful path to Golgotha. However, our people emerged victorious as a result of their unshakable Christian faith, their firm belief in the restoration and the resurrection of our nation. Let us commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with the vision of our fallen ancestors. April 24 is no longer a day of mourning and sorrow. April 24th is a symbol of victory for our resurrected nation.
One of the oldest parishes of the Western Diocese celebrated its 73rd Name Day on Sunday, December 14, 2015. The day’s festivities commenced with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by the Diocesan Primate His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The Primate was assisted at the Holy Altar by the Pastor of the host parish the Rev. Fr. Haroutioun Tachejian and the altar servers.
The Ladies Society Central Council rejoiced in the elegant and uplifting Christmas atmosphere which the Ladies Society of Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena had so wonderfully organized for their annual Christmas Luncheon which was held on December 17, 2014, at Geragos Hall.
A new children’s prayerbook is available at the Diocesan bookstore and online. Authored by the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the latest Diocesan publication is dedicated to the children and is our New Year and Christmas gift to the faithful.
Khandut Avetyan, a 35 year-old resident of Karvajar Region of our liberated Artsakh has been diagnosed with cancer. Presently, Khandut is in the United States undergoing cancer treatment. As a fighter, she is determined to overcome her illness and doctors are giving her hope.
On Sunday, December 14, the Primate will pay a pastoral visit to St. James Armenian Church of Los Angeles. On the 73rd anniversary of the Name Day of the parish, Archbishop Derderian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon.
A Christmas Luncheon benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Takvor on December 12, 2014. The event was held under the auspices of the Western Diocese Armenian Apostolic Church of North America.
A festive and welcoming atmosphere awaited the Ladies’ Society Central Council executive board on December 10, 2014 who attended the Christmas luncheon hosted by the ladies Society of St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys, California.
In November, Rev. Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Parish priest of St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, presented the Pontifical Encyclical and the Saint Nerses Shnorhali Honorary Medal to Richard and Judy Sharafian.
By the grace of God and the generous donations of the parishioners of St. Vartan Armenian Church, the parish dedicated brand new hand-engraved wooden doors in front of the church on November 23, 2014. Rev. Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Pastor of the parish, presided over the ceremony.