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  • Maral Boyadjian's debut novel "As the Poppies Bloomed" was presented at the Zorayan Museum of the Western Diocese on Thursday, March 26th. Close to 200 guests attended the presentation.

    The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Derderian attended the event and commended Mrs. Boyadjian's initiative to voice the injustice of the Armenian Genocide, especially on the Genocide's Centennial, through a touching novel.

    With a quiet, captivating passion, Maral Boyadjian paints a timeless love story against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic but long-forgotten tragedies of the early twentieth century. Unforgettably, touching, As the Poppies bloomed reveals a beautiful and heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and hope - of two young Armenians who face seemingly insurmountable odds while the land of the sultans breaks apart and World War I rushes toward them along with the greatest massacre the world had ever known.

    It is 1913, and late summer in the Ottoman Empire. The sun rises, full and golden, upon a lush, centuries-old village tucked into the highlands where the blood-red poppies bloomed. Outside the village leader's home, the sound of voices carries past the grapevines to the lane where Anno, his youngest daughter, slips out unseen. 

    She heads to a secret meeting place. She forgets that enemies surround her village. She forgets that her father meets each day with trepidation. She knows only the love she has for Daron, who waits for her as she hastens to him, once again breaking the ancient rules of courtship.

    Anno and Daron wish for nothing more than marriage and a better day alongside their neighbors, but neither is prepared for the dark, dangerous secret that Daron's father keeps or the upheaval that will soon envelop their village, their land, and their hearts.

    As reviewed on GoodReads.com


  • Close 100 ecumenical guests, professors, Law School students and community members attended the Armenian Genocide Centennial Dedication Dinner at the Melikian Hall of St. Apkar Armenian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 20, 2015. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the event and delivered his message to the ecumenical leaders, ASU guest faculty and parishioners.

    Archbishop Derderian met with the ecumenical leaders prior to the start of the event and briefed them about the Centennial Commemorative Events on the regional and national level. His Eminence spoke to the ecumenical leaders about the importance of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide as the first genocide of the 20th century in order to prevent future genocides.

    Victoria Manoogian, Director of Public Relations and Communications of St. Apkar Armenian Church served as the emcee. In her inspirational speech, Mrs. Manoogian spoke about the Armenian identity and the valuable contributions of Armenians to society.  "Who are the Armenians?  What’s so noteworthy about them?  It turns out, a lot. They are the people of the land of Ararat, resting place of Noah’s ark, now in eastern Turkey.  The Armenians have lived in that area for thousands of years, once part of the Kingdom of Armenia.  Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion (301 A.D.), and the Armenian Apostolic Church is still today, one of the 4 Guardians of the Holy Places in Jerusalem, owning one quarter of the Old City. Armenia was known from ancient times as the crossroads of civilization, a favored stop on the Silk Route, with a people recognized for their hospitality and for their excellent abilities in trade and business.  These were the remarkable people that Turkey nearly annihilated.  The 1.5 million martyrs of this nation. they deserve recognition and justice," said Manoogian.

    Among the ecumenical leaders present at the event were Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Fr. Michael Diskin of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Mar Aprim Khamis, Bishop of the Assyrian Church, Archpriest Frederick  and Father Kando of the Assyrian Church, Father Rock Fremont from the United Church of Christ and Rev. Erin Tamayo of the Presbyterian Church and Chair of the Arizona's Faith Network.

    ASU and other guest professors at the event were Stephen Batalden of ASU Melikian Center, Co-Chairs from ASU Law Students Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee, Prof. Taner Akcam, Ph.D. of Professor of History and Kaloosdian and Mugar Chair in Armenain Genocide Studies at Clark University, Prof. Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities at Colgate University and Prof. Theofanis Stavrou, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.

    In his message, the Primate reflected on the Commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide and the importance of its recognition on the world level. Archbishop Derderian expressed his gratitude to Rev. Fr. Zacharia Saribekyan for his warm hospitality and the initiative to host the fellowship. He thanked the family of St. Apkar Armenian Church as well as all the guests for taking part in the important event.

    A two day conference from March 21-22, 2015 was held at the campus of Arizona State University. Titled 100 Years Later: ASU  Armenian Genocide Conference, the event featured guest keynote speakers Taner Akcam, Ph.D. and Peter Balakian, Ph.D. The conference was presented by the ASU Law Students Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee.


  • At the invitation of the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the newest priest of the Western Diocese the Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Ksachikyan was the celebrant at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral on March 22, 2015, Sunday of the Advent. 

    With the Primate presiding over the service, His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, the Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian, Archpriest Fr. Sipan Mekhsian, the Rev. Fr. Mikayel Kyureghyan and the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan participated in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

    On the occasion of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, a Special Service of Gratitude honoring the Armenian Relief Society of the Western United States was held during the service. The Primate for commended the invaluable contribution of the Armenian Relief Society to the survival, growth and life of the Armenians. His Eminence blessed the members of the ARS Executive Committee and conveyed his sincere wishes to the leadership.  

    In his message, the Primate commended the Armenian Relief Society stating in part "The Armenian Relief Society was founded in 1910, years before the Armenian Genocide. At the time when tens of thousands of displaced Armenians sought refuge and thousands of orphans prayed for a home, the Armenian Relief Society was the answer to their prayers. For over 100 years, ARS has been a blessing in the life of the Armenian community in the Motherland as well as in the Diaspora."

    At a token of gratitude, his appreciation, the Primate consecrated a cross-stone and dedicated it to the Armenian Relief Society.

    A reception, sponsored by Mrs. Aida Askejian, was held at the Hampar Family Room of the Diocesan Complex following the Divine Liturgy. LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian attended the event and presented a Resolution adopted by the City of Los Angeles to the ARS Executive Committee.  

    As we commemorate the survival, growth and life of Armenians across the globe one hundred years after the perpetration of the Genocide, we recognize, with appreciation, that for many, survival would not have been possible had it not been for the philanthropy, benevolence, and charitable assistance of organizations, Armenian or otherwise.

    The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and its Ambassadors of Faith are morally bound by obligation toward such organizations and those individuals who served among them. 


  • Holy Week in the Christian Church is a time for deep reflection and introspection in preparation for the feast of the Holy Resurrection. As we stand at the empty tomb of Christ on Easter Sunday, our joy is amplified because we have walked with our Lord during his trials and tribulations. As Christ traveled the path to Calvary, from His betrayal to His trial, from His sentencing by Pilate to being nailed on the Cross itself, He laid the foundation for the Christian ethics which has challenged our world ever since. Father Vazken Movseian

    We are happy to present to you the video message of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America as he reflects the importance of Holy Week in the life of each Christian from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ's Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem through His Victorious Resurrection. 


  • In his latest book, Archbishop Derderian presents the reader with seven meditations on the enduring message of Holy Week, that is, the victory through a life led in pursuit of God and the love He provides. “A Companion for Holy Week” should be used as its name implies, as a friend who journeys with us and stimulates our mind and soul with thoughts to ponder and reflect. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, we walk with Christ, witnessing to the events in Jerusalem then and the impact those events have on our lives today.

    Fr. Vazken Movsesian

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  • We present the Holy Week Schedule of Diocesan clergy beginning with Palm Sunday, March 29th through Easter Sunday, April 5th.

     

    Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    March 31 - Holy Tuesday - St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

     

    H.E. Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    March 31 - Holy Tuesday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

     

    The Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. Gregory the Illuminator, Pasadena (Celebrant)

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Peter Armenian Church, Van Nuys

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Peter Armenian Church, Van Nuys

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Peter Armenian Church, Van Nuys

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Peter Armenian Church, Van Nuys

     

    Archpriest Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. James Armenian Church, Sacramento

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Gregory the Illuminator, Pasadena

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 5 - Holy Easter - Armenian Church in Victorville

     

    Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian

     

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Santa Clarita

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Santa Clarita

    April 5 - Holy Easter - Armenian Church of Colorado, Denver, CO

     

     

    Rev. Fr. Mikayel Kyureghyan

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Kevork Armenian Church, Glendale

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

     

     

    Rev. Fr. Zareh Mansuryan

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

     

     

    Archpriest Fr. Asoghig Jamgotchian and Dn. Artak Khachikyan

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - Armenian Church in Palmdale

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - Armenian Church in Palmdale

    April 3 - Good Friday - Armenian Church in Palmdale

    April 4 - Easter Eve - Armenian Church in Palmdale

    April 5 - Holy Easter - Armenian Church in Palmdale

     

    Archpriest Fr. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian

     

    March 29 - Palm Sunday - St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale

    April 2 - Maundy Thursday - St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale

    April 3 - Good Friday - St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale

    April 4 - Easter Eve - St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale


  • On March 23, 2015, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian paid a visit to Armenian Ecclesiastical Brotherhood in Glendale. Archbishop Derderian was welcomed by the members of the Executive Committee who expressed their utmost appreciation and happiness to the Primate for his presence.

    The Primate spoke on the importance of the Great Lent and called upon the faithful to fast and live a prayerful life during the Great Lent in order to cleanse their souls from impurities to contemplate and know their true self.


  • A historic celebration of the Divine Liturgy will take place on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Vatican in memory of the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The day's celebrant will be His Holiness Pope Francis I. His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and dignitaries of the Republic of Armenia will also be in attendance.

    On the historic occasion, a spiritual journey to Rome is organized by the Eastern and Western Dioceses of the Armenian Church of America, under the auspices of H. E. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian from April 10-13, 2015.

    Participants will depart from New York JFK on Thursday, April 10 and will return to New York JFK Monday, April 13. (Additional air travel is available for California residents, departing LAX on April 9th to join the group at JFK on the same day.)

    Per person cost (L.A. to Rome) from $2,150.

    Arrangements include airfare, three nights’ accommodation at four-star hotel, entry to the Memorial Mass at St. Peter’s on April 12th.  

    For detailed information and to register call 800-826-7960.


  • April 2 – Maundy Thursday

     

    April 3 – Good Friday

    Afternoon: Glendale Memorial Hospital

     

    April 4 – Easter Eve

     

    April 5 - Holy Easter - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral - Celebrant and Homilist

     

    April 7 – Washington D.C.

     

    April 8 – Evening: AGBU Asbeds Event dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

     

    April 9 – Morning: LACRL Meeting

    Afternoon: Loyola Marymount

     

    April 10 - Evening: AGBU Asbeds Event dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

     

    April 12 – St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

     

    April 14  - Solemn Ecumenical Service at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

     

    April 15 – 16 – Mexico City

     

    April 17 – Evening: Zorayan Museum - 100 Year Journey Exhibition: Opening Night

     

    April 18 – Las Vegas, NV

    Official Opening Ceremony of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia

     

    April 19 – The Armenian Church of Las Vegas - Celebrant and Homilist

     

    April 20 – Sacramento, CA - California State Assembly

     

    April 22 – Morning: Glendale Adventist Medical Center

    Evening: LARK Musical Society Event

     

    April 23 – St. Leon Armenian Cathedral – Collective Celebration of the Divine Liturgy

     

    April 24 – March for Justice - Little Armenia in Hollywood

     

    April 25 – Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument - Montebello, California

     

    April 26 - St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

     

    April 30 - May 1 - 88th Annual Diocesan Assembly - Headquarters of the Western Diocese

    Burbank, CA 


  • The Centennial of the Armenian Genocide signifies a global demand for justice by Armenians worldwide and all people of good will. The March for Justice on April 24, 2015 is the largest in the series of AGCC-WUSA hosted events. Participants will gather at 10AM in Little Armenia and will march in solidarity for 6 miles to the Turkish Consulate in the Wilshire District to protest the Turkish government’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide.

    This Pan-Armenian March will unite, without exception, the Armenian community in its quest for justice while demonstrating collective strength and spirit. The Armenian-American community is invited to march on April 24th to help spread awareness of the Armenian Genocide and to prevent genocide elsewhere in the world.

    The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western USA (AGCCWUSA) was established to steer and coordinate commemorative activities in the Western United States.

    Website
    http://www.march4justice.org

    Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/agccwusa

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