On Sunday, October 26, the Armenian Apostolic Church will observe the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (Kyood Khachi). According to ecclesiastical chronicles, an informed Jew from Jerusalem by the name of Judah was forced to disclose the place where the cross was buried. Three crosses were found, one of the being our Lord’s, the others belonging to the two criminals crucified with Him. In order to authenticate the true cross, the body of a youth who had recently died was placed on each. When he was placed on the third cross he was resurrected and thus the true and Holy Cross was discovered. At that time, Bishop Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem elevated the Holy Cross before the faithful who, having witnessed the miracle was awe-inspired and venerated it. The commemoration of this historical event is celebrated on the closest Sunday to October 26 and is called Discovery of the Holy Cross.
St. Apkar Armenian Church in Scottsdale Arizona marked its 5th anniversary of consecration on Sunday, October 19, 2014. On the auspicious occasion, the Primate travelled to the Arizona Parish where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon. Archbishop Derderian was assisted at the Holy Altar by the Rev. Fr. Zacharia Saribekyan and the deacons of the host parish.
On October 19, 2014, more than 800 people attended a spectacular and unforgettable performance by the Gevorkian Dance Academy. One hundred dancers of all ages took the stage in San Diego’s first ever Dances Under the Stars at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, California. The mesmerizing choreography, dazzling costumes, and spirited music brought the audience into the very heart of the Armenian culture.
The Zorayan Museum Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church are pleased to present a special art exhibition, featuring the paintings of international artist and architectural designer KOKO. The art exhibition of his works on canvas titled “Between Two Worlds,” will open on Thursday November 6 and run through November 7 at the Zorayan Museum, located in the Western Diocesan Complex of the Armenian Church of North America, 3325 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank, CA.
On the morning of October 23rd, the Primate visited AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School where he met with the Principal Dr. Armine Movsisyan, Mr. Levon Keshishian, Director of Business Operations and the faculty. Archbishop Derderian was briefed by Dr. Movsisyan on the activities of the school. Following his meeting with the administrative staff, His Eminence met with 9-12 grade students. The topic of the Primate’s discussion was responsibility. His Eminence elaborated on the importance of responsibility towards peers, the family, the Armenian community, the Church and God. In turn, the students engaged in an active discussion with the spiritual leader of the Western Diocese.
Throughout his pastoral tenure, visiting Armenian Schools has been amongst the top priorities for Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. On October 21, 2014, the Primate visited T.C.A. Arshag Dickranian School. Accompanied by Father Manoug Markarian, Pastor of St. John Garabed Armenian Church, His Eminence met with the Principal Dr. Manoug Seraydarian. Archbishop Derderian commended the leadership of Dr. Seraydarian and his initiative to organize and promote cultural events in the month of October also known as “culture month,” the term coing coined in 1940 by His Holiness Karekin Hovsepians, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.
On October 21, 2014, the Primate participated in the monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders (LACRL). The fellowship was hosted by LACRL Chair The Right Reverend Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, October 21, the Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan, Pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Santa Clarita, represented the Primate at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting and delivered the Invocation.
By a decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Edward Nalbandian, Berj Apkarian has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Fresno. With hundreds of religious, civic and community leaders in attendance, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the office of the Honorary Consul was held on October 20, 2014. It was followed by an inaugural banquet at the ballroom of the Pacific Southwest Building in Fresno, California. The Primate attended the event accompanied by Archpriest Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian and Rev. Fr. Yessai Bedros. Archbishop Derderian delivered the Invocation at the ceremonial event.
Planning for the 2015 Diocesan Debutante Ball is currently underway. This is the perfect time to be part of this traditional family event which will be held on February 15, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
As we have previously informed our faithful community, on Sunday, November 30, 2014, during the Divine Liturgy, the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, at the initiative of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate will recognize Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and honor Dr. Thomas Lee for his incredible philanthropic work in Armenia. The day will be dedicated to our beloved children as designated by the Diocesan Primate.
October 18 – Endowment Fund Meeting October 19 – St. Apkar Armenian Church in Arizona (Celebrant and Homilist) Groundblessing Ceremony of the Elderly Care Home Dedication ceremony of children’s playground Fundraiser for the Lazar Najarian and Kaloust Gulbenkian Armenian School in Aleppo – Organized by the Alumni Association - Father Manoug Markarian to represent the Primate
Under the auspices of the religious leaders of the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical Churches, on October 15, 2014, the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) and the Syrian Armenian Schools Alumni Associations of Los Angeles organized a community forum with Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of the Armenian Prelacy in Aleppo. The event was held at the “Armenak Der Bedrosian Hall” of St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Glendale.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) has once again gathered an army of men to kick off the Army of Pink campaign! In an effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and local resources at the hospital, GAMC is partnering with prominent community members in Glendale to help fight cancer through early detection and treatment. Our Primate is one of six candidates of this year’s campaign. The men will carry the message of hope and will educate the community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.