The Etchmiadzin Children’s Fund held its 9th Annual Grand Gala Night at the prestigious Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale, California on Saturday, September 6, 2014. More than 150 ECF friends, donors and supporters attended the celebratory event which marked its 24th year of establishment.
On Sunday, August 7, the Primate paid a pastoral visit to the Armenian community in San Diego. Assisted at the Holy Altar by Archpriest Fr. Datev Tatoulian and the deacons, Archbishop Derderian was the day’s celebrant at St. John Garabed Armenian Church. During the service, Dr. Hagop Akiskal was honored with the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriach and Catholicos of All Armenians. Dr. Akiskal was also awarded the St. Nerses Shnorhali medal, a prestigious honor bestowed upon faithful by the Catholicos of All Armenians for their committed service rendered to the Armenian Apostolic Church.
We are happy to present the tentative schedule of the Diocesan Primate His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian for the remainder of the year. Additions to the Primate’s schedule will made accordingly.
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is the last one of the five major feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the most important feast among the feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross, as it is dedicated to the history of the return of the Holy Cross from imprisonment, its elevation and glorification. In the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on Sunday during the period between September 11-17. This year, that date is September 17, and the Monday following the Feast is a Memorial Day.
The 4th anniversary of consecration of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will be the day’s celebrant and homilist at the spiritual center of the Western Diocese. The Morning Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on the Tabernacle Feast. All faithful are welcome to attend the service to praise and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On August 6, 2014, Dr. David Gordon, Mayor of the City of Burbank paid a visit to the Western Diocese. The purpose of Mayor Gordon’s visit was to tape an interview with Diocesan Primate Archbishop Derderian for “The Mayor’s Show.” The show aired on the Burbank Channel on September 2.
The Diocesan Council met on Saturday, September 6 at the Sybille Aprahamian Conference Room of the Diocesan Turpanjian Building of the Western Diocese. During the meeting, the Primate presented a five-part report to the Council consisting of Diocesan-related missions and Diocesan sub-committees, construction projects, missions in Armenia, briefings, and Parish-Priest activities.
The Faith and Order Commission held its monthly meeting on Friday, September 5, 2014 in Pasadena, California. Representing the Primate, Diocesan Librarian and Ecumenical Officer Mr. Hayk Madoyan attended the meeting on his behalf. Faith and Order an integral assembly branch of the World Council of Churches.
The fifth annual Armenian Orthodox Liturgy was held at the historic at the Cathedral of Holy Cross located on the Akhtamar Island on 7th September 2014. This year it was a very special and historic due the presence of His All Holiness Bartholomew I- Ecumenical Patriarch and His Eminence Mor Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin – Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Istanbul and Ankara.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will depart for Armenia where he will take part in the Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting on September 16-17 and the Diocesan Representatives Meeting on September 18-20. The meetings will be presided by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
On Sunday, September 7, the Primate will pay a pastoral visit to the Armenian faithful community of San Diego. His Eminence will be the day’s celebrant and homilist at St. John Garabed Armenian Church. During the service, Dr. Hagop Akiskal will be honored with the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and the St. Nerses Shnorhali medal. The Primate will also bless the members of the Parish Council.
The 100th anniversary committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America met at the Diocesan Headquarters in Burbank on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Held under the presidency of the Primate, the committee elected Mrs. Maria Mehranian as chair of the Diocesan Centennial Commemoration Committee.
On September 4, 2014, led by Executive Committee Chair Dr. Harout Yaghsezian, members of AGBU Asbeds visited the Western Diocese and met with Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. In his welcoming remarks, Archbishop Derderian noted their dedicated service to the Armenian people and commended the AGBU Asbeds for strengthening the Armenian identity and preserving the rich heritage of our people.