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Little Angels Academy Performs Annual Christmas Play

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

Diocese Welcomes Visiting Clergy

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

Armenian School Students Receive Holy Communion

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

The Armenian Genocide - 100th Year of Remembrance

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

73rd Name Day Celebrations at St. James Armenian Church of Los Angeles

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

Central Council Shares the Joy of the Christmas Season with the Ladies Society of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

New Children’s Prayerbook Available

Published: December 19, 2014

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.

Primate’s Appeal to the Faithful

Published: December 12, 2014

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.

Primate’s December 2014 Schedule

Published: December 12, 2014

December 14 – Pastoral visit to St. James Armenian Church in Los Angeles (Celebrant and Homilist) December 18, 19, 23 – Visitation to Armenian Schools – Distribution of Holy Communion