St. Leon Armenian Cathedral of the Western Diocese was filled to capacity for the episcopal celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 4. Assisted at the Holy Altar by the Rev. Fr. Dr. Stepanos Dingilian, the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan and the Cathedral's Deacons, the day's celebrant and homilist was H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Diocesan Primate. Days prior, the Holy Chrism, blessed by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, had been distributed to Dioceses across the world.
The Zorayan Museum Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church are presenting a special art exhibition featuring the paintings of world renowned artist Richard Tashjian. The art exhibition of his works will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Zorayan Museum, located in the Western Diocesan Complex of the Armenian Church of North America, 3325 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank, CA.
The Executive committee of the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) will hold a fundraising telethon in late February 2016 to provide financial assistance to Syrian Armenians who are victims of the ravaging civil war.
It’s never too early to start planning for the Holiday Season and to mark your calendars for special Christmas events. A highly anticipated event is the Annual Christmas Ball held under the auspices of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. For the 12th year, this festive occasion will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall of the Arshag Dickranian Complex, 3325 North Glenoaks Boulevard, in Burbank.
On September 28, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; consecrated two cross-stones (khachkars) that are replicas of the originals from the Monastery of St. Davit of Derjan in Aparan Western Armenia.
On September 28, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians presided over a Requiem Service for the soul of H.H. Karekin I at the tomb of the late Catholicos of All Armenians located on the grounds of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
The Blessing of the Third Muron (Holy Chrism) of the 21st century was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on September 27, the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak. The historic ceremonial rite was presided by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
On September 26, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; an Ecumenical meeting was held in the Auditorium of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, with the participation of 39 heads and representatives of Christian Churches who traveled to Armenia on the occasion of the Blessing of the Holy Muron. His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Martirosyan, representing His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; His Eminence Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople; Bishops of the Mother See; Diocesan Primates of the Armenian Church and members of the Brotherhoods of the Mother See and the Hierarchical Sees were in attendance.
On September 26, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians a special Ecumenic Prayer Service was held in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Prayer Service was attended by the 39 leaders and representatives of the Christian churches and organizations who will participate in the Blessing of the Holy Muron in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
On September 21, Armenians worldwide celebrate the 24th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia. An independent Armenia is God’s precious gift to the Armenian people. In our prayers we beseech the Almighty to bring peace and prosperity to our nation. By taking part in Prayers for the Republic of Armenia (Hanrabedagan Maghtank), we are called to safeguard the vision of our ancestors and to keep our independent nation in our hearts.
Following his pastoral visit to the Armenian Apostolic Church of Las Vegas, the Primate travelled to Scottsdale, Arizona on September 19, where he presided over the 6th anniversary celebration of St. Apkar Armenian Church.