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Primate's Message to the Faithful on the Great Lent

Published: February 5, 2016

The Lenten Journey...The Pathway Towards Holy Easter In the Armenian Church, the Great Lent is observed by intense spiritual preparation and fasting, for the meaningful period allows each faithful to better comprehend the Victorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Construction Committee Meeting at the Diocesan Headquarters

Published: February 4, 2016

Presided by the Diocesan Primate, the construction committee held a meeting at the Diocesan Headquarters on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Chaired by Mr. Armen Hampar, the committee discussed matters related to St. Leon Armenian Cathedral as well as construction projects in parishes across the Western Diocese including the ongoing construction of the Armenian Church complex of Las Vegas, The Mesrop and Marian Megerdichian Independent Senior Living Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Summer Camp Chapel and Retreat Center as well as the rebuilding of St. John Garabed Armenian Church in Hollywood in the Armenian architectural style.

CYMA Committee Appointed

Published: February 4, 2016

On January 30, 2016, the Primate approved a committee which will be in charge of the preparatory work for the Christian Youth Mission to Armenia (CYMA) 2016. Members include ACYO Alumnus Raffi Mughnetsyan, ACYO Central Council member Armand Yerjanian, Burbank ACYO member Victoria Amran and San Diego's St. John Garabed Armenian Church ACYO Member Levon Parseghov. The meeting was chaired by Deacon Artak Khachikyan.

Primate Celebrates the Divine Liturgy at St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys

Published: February 4, 2016

Nestled in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, St. Peter Armenian Church of Van Nuys is a vibrant parish with an energetic priest, thriving Saturday and Sunday Schools, a fellowship hall and a number of organizations that spread the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and uphold the sacred traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church. On January 31, the parishioners took part in the episcopal celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The day's celebrant and homilist was His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.

CHLA-Western Diocese Committee Presents $30,000 Check to Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Published: February 4, 2016

A check for $30,000 was presented to Miss Rita Terterian, CHLA's Assistant Vice President of Development by the CHLA-Western Diocese Joint Committee on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the hospital's Wilson Library. The amount exceeded the original pledge of $25,000 made in November 2014. The donation will support CHLA’s Vision Center, Cancer Center, Literary Healing Department, the Neonatal and other departments.

Construction of The Mesrop and Marian Megerdichian Independent Senior Living Center

Published: February 3, 2016

From its humble beginnings in 1957 of only a few Armenian families to the approximately 2,500 Armenian families currently living in the state of Arizona, the parishioners of St. Apkar Armenian Church have turned what was once a dream into a reality. Consecrated in September 2009 by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Diocesan Primate, St. Apkar Armenian Church has been transformed into an exemplary parish with a vibrant youth and a thriving community.

The Great Lent (Medz Bahk) Begins on February 8th

Published: February 3, 2016

Great Lent (Medz Bak) is also called Karasnork in Armenian, since it lasts forty days. Great Lent is the longest of the fasts prescribed in the liturgical calendar and it begins on the Monday following Poon Paregentan and lasts for forty days up until the Friday prior to Lazarus Saturday. Great Lent is therefore the preparatory spiritual journey with its destination of Easter, “The Feast of Feasts.” This year the Great Lent will begin on Monday, February 8th .

Art Exhibit of Acclaimed Armenian Artist Hayk Miqayelyan At Zorayan Museum on February 10th and 11th

Published: February 3, 2016

The members of the Zorayan Museum Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church are pleased to announce an art exhibit of acclaimed Armenian painter Hayk Miqayelyan. The art exhibition of his works will be held on Wednesday, February 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Meetings Held at the Diocese

Published: February 3, 2016

The Summer Camp Executive Committee, Camp Board and the Association of Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese (AACCWD) held meetings at the Diocesan Headquarters on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Very Rev. Fr. Maghakia Amiryan Visits the Western Diocese

Published: February 3, 2016

The Very Rev. Fr. Maghakia Amiryan, Pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina is visiting the Western Diocese. At the invitation of the Primate, on Sunday, January 17, Father Maghakia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral.

SAN DIEGO’S NEW ARMENIAN CHURCH CAMPUS APPROVED BY STATE COASTAL COMMISSION California State Coastal Commission Approves New Church Campus in Historic Vote

Published: February 3, 2016

In a historic vote of 11-0, the California State Coastal Commission approved St. John Garabed Armenian Church’s application to build a new church campus near Del Mar, California. The vote was taken on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chambers. The new campus, which will be built in stages over a period of several years, will include a sanctuary, social hall, education center, library, gymnasium, youth center, Armenian heritage park, picnic and meditation space, and abundant parking.

Ancient Manuscripts on Display at the Getty Center

Published: February 3, 2016

"Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts," is the title of Getty Center's unique exhibition featuring illuminated manuscripts and painted book arts from the 9th through the 17th century. Among the prized treasures on display are Toros Roslin's miniatures from the 13th century. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit on January 26th and was led on a private viewing. He was accompanied by Mr. Diran Avagyan and Diocesan benefactor Mr. Raymond Hartoonian.

OIA Hosts H.E. Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey

Published: February 3, 2016

The Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA) hosted a banquet in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, the Patriarchal Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey at the OIA Headquarters on January 23, 2016. The Primate attended the event accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian and Archpriest Fr. Shnork Demirjian.