We present the video message of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America on the occasion of the Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Mere hours after the canonization of the 1.5 million Armenian Martyrs into Sainthood, nearly one thousand five hundred people flocked St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in Burbank on Thursday, April 23rd, for the Solemn celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The service was also attended by state officials, foreign officials, civic leaders, benefactors and leaders of Armenian organizations.
On April 23, 2015, 1.5 million martyred Armenian souls will rest in the abode of the heavenly saints. On Thursday, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians accompanied by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia officiated the biggest canonization service in history. The two hour ceremony, held outside of the Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, proclaimed the martyrdom of those killed for their faith and homeland. The historic day marked the first time in 400 years that the Armenian Church has used the rite of canonization. The ceremony was attended by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and other high-ranking dignitaries and ecumenical guests. Twelve bishops and archbishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church participated in the ceremonial rite.
A collective service with the participation of the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical Churches will be held at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral on the eve of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, April 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The day’s celebrant will be His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian. The homily will be delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian
For the Armenian people, this year is historic, indeed. 2015 marks the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide and millions of Armenians around the world will pay homage to our 1.5 million martyred ancestors. In the life of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the year also coincides with the sacred ceremonial rite of the Blessing of the Holy Chrism - Myuronorhnek, as it is commonly known. 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.
On April 20, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; sent a letter of condolence to His Holiness Abuna Mathias, Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, on the occasion of the murder of Ethiopian Christians by Libyan terrorists.
On April 22, the opening ceremony of the Global Forum “Against the Crime of Genocide” was held in the Karen Demirtchian Sport and Concert Complex, which was attended by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; President Serzh Sarkisyan. Also attending the forum were heads of the Sister Churches and delegations, who arrived in Armenia on the occasion of the commemoration ceremonies of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide, representatives of interchurch organizations, Diocesan Primates of the Armenian Church.
By a decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Edward Nalbandian, Mr. Adroushan Andy Armenian has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Las Vegas. Hundreds including religious, civic and community leaders attended the inaugural banquet on Saturday, April 18 in honor of the Honorary Consul. The banquet was held under the auspices of His Excellency Sergey Sarkisov, the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the event and delivered the benediction at the ceremonial event. Mr. Armenian visited the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and met with the Primate earlier this month.
On April 21, 2015, the Governor of the State of Utah the Honorable Gary R. Herbert signed a proclamation at the State Capitol declaring April 24th as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian travelled to Utah where His Eminence met with Governor Herbert on the historic day.
On May 12 at 7:30 p.m., the world famous Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles will be the venue for a historic evening of classical music featuring The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. A Concert of Remembrance as it is titled, will be dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Under the conductorship of Eduard Topchjan, the evening’s program will include performances of the compositions of such Armenian classical greats as Aram Khachaturian and Tigran Mansurian as well as selected works from the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. For tickets, call 818-886-3481. Space is limited.
The California Legislature continued its demand to the Federal Government for official recognition of the horrific crimes perpetrated against humanity during the Armenian Genocide on the eve of its centennial anniversary.
On April 9, 2015, the Ministry of the Diaspora, in collaboration with the World Armenian Congress and the Union of Armenians in Russia held an annual contest in Armenia's capital Yerevan. The contest honors those institutions in the Diaspora with notable achievements in the preservation of the Armenian identity.