A world in turmoil awaits our prayers! “Beloved faithful, We live in a world where pain and suffering is becoming unbearable. The deep sorrow of the loved ones of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has shattered the lives of people of the world. What we see today in the Middle East, the war in Israel and Gaza hurts the dignity of humanity.
The Armenian Apostolic Church of Victorville is a rapidly growing parish within the community. The mission of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Victorville is to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to preserve and spread the one, holy, catholic apostolic and orthodox faith, and to lead and guide the journey of the faithful under the Church’s pastoral care according to the Holy Scriptures, doctrines, teachings, and traditions of the Armenian Church. The first celebration of the Divine Liturgy held on February 17, 2013. Services are offered on the first Sunday of the month at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church in Hesperia.
On Saturday, July 19, the Christian Education Council of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church held a meeting at the Diocesan headquarters in Burbank. The main topic on the agenda was the preparation for the upcoming Annual Sunday School Superintends’ Workshop on August 23. The purpose of the workshop is to prepare the superintendents, teachers and parents of the Sunday school for the upcoming educational year, equip them with necessary teaching tools and tactics, and provide with updated educational materials.
Earlier this summer, a pilgrimage to Ararat took place as part of the Western Diocese 100th Anniversary of Genocide commemoration. Twenty-five pilgrims participated on this trip over the course of three weeks taking them to Greater Armenia: the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh and Western Armenia. Next week we will publish a detailed account of this journey which was led by Fr. Vazken Movsesian.
You and Yours are cordially invited to a very special function on Sunday, July 27, 2014, to a tribute to Armenian Woman, "The Armenian Woman In Self Defense During The Armenian Genocide," who played a significant role throughout the turbulent history of Armenia.
On July 23, Diocesan clergy of the Greater Los Angeles Area met with visiting clergymen from Armenia including His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Rev. Fr. Zohrab Manasyan, Pastor of the Abovian district of the Diocese of Kotayk and the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of France. The fellowship was organized by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.
On July 22, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian paid a pastoral visit to the Armenian Community of Las Vegas. His Eminence was accompanied by His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Dn. Harout Markarian, Executive Director of the Western Diocese.
On Monday, July 21st, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin visited the “Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian” campsite in picturesque Dunlap, California. His Grace was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan, Pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Santa Clarita.
On July 18, Miss Rita Terterian, Assistant Vice President of Development of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles visited the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church. Miss Terterian met with Diocesan Primate Archbishop Derderian and thanked His Eminence for his presence at last month’s roundtable discussion where a small group of Armenian religious, civic, corporate and community leaders had convened at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The gathering was organized by Richard Cordova, the hospital’s President and CEO.
On July 19, according to a statement by the Armenian Church Diocese of Georgia, over 50 people, expressing disrespectful and blasphemous remarks, attacked the Holy Etchmiadzin Armenian Church of the Havlabar district in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a result of the attack, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Manuk Zeynalyan; representatives of the Armenian Diocese of Georgia, as well Armenian faithful who were attending church, received numerous physical injuries.
On Sunday, July 27, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the Feast Day of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, (Vartavar). The Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the five main “Tabernacle” feasts (Daghavar Don) of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church. It commemorates the transformation or the “transfiguration” that came over Jesus while He was praying. Christ’s face shone like the sun and his clothes became a radiant and gleaming white. The Apostles Peter, James and John witnessed that event which occurred on a high mountain named Tabor.
On 11th July, the 2013-2014 academic year closing ceremony of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary was held in the Events Auditorium, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
We are happy to announce that high-ranking clergymen H.G. Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin; H.G. Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grand Sacristan of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in France are presently visiting the Western Diocese.