Maundy Thursday – Easter (April 18 – April 20) – St. Leon Armenian Cathedral
April 23 – Morning: St. Mary’s Armenian Church – Glendale
Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
April 24 – Commemorative Events in observance of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
April 27 – St. Leon Armenian Cathedral
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Christian world celebrated the Triumphant Entry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into the Holy City of Jerusalem. With over 1000 faithful attending the service at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, the Cathedral’s Pastor. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided over the Palm Sunday service.
Palm Sunday marks the commencement of Holy Week which culminates with the Victorious Resurrection of Christ, our Savior.
We present to you Palm Sunday celebrations throughout the Western Diocese.
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Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service in Commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
A collective service with the participation of the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical Churches will be held at St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Glendale on April 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The day’s celebrant will be His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The day’s homily will be delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian.
The Most Rev. Bishop Mikael Mouradian and Rev. Hendrik Shanazarian will address the congregation with their heartfelt remarks.
Following the service, the clergy will gathered at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Cross Stone where a Requiem Service will be held for the souls of the 1.5 million martyrs who perished during the Armenian Genocide. All faithful are invited to take part in the commemorative service.
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On a number of occasions throughout the year, Diocesan clergy of the Greater Los Angeles area visit the elderly residents of Ararat Home. This year was no exception. Earlier in the year the clergy paid a visit with to the residents and conveyed their cordial greetings on the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Christ, our Lord. On April 15, the established annual Diocesan tradition continued. On the occasion of the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the Primate and Diocesan clergy visited Ararat Home and met with the residents.
Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided over the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by Rev. Fr. Yesai Bedros. His Eminence was accompanied by the Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian, Archpriest Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian, Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan and Deacon Sevan Palanjian. The day’s homily was delivered by the Primate who stressed the importance of spiritual renewal during Holy Week and especially the Victorious Resurrection of Christ, our Lord.
The Primate commended the dedication and selfless service of the Board of Trustees under the leadership of Joseph Kanimian, Esq., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ararat Home - Los Angeles, Inc. as well as Ararat Home’s administrative and nursing staff for their compassion and enduring affection for the elderly of the community.
Following the service, the clergy performed the traditional Home Blessing (Dunhorhnek) Service, distributed Holy Communion to the elderly and took part in an egg cracking game (havgitakhagh).
Later that afternoon, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian and Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Petoyan officiated the Home Blessing service at Ararat Home in Eagle Rock.
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The groundblessing ceremony of the Armenian Genocide Memorial in the City of Pasadena will be held on Sunday, April 27, during a 6:00 pm. The public ceremony will take place at Memorial Park.
Retired U.S. District Court Judge Dickran M. Tevrizian will serve as Master of Ceremonies and the consecration ceremony will be performed by His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Archbishop of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Choirs from the Sahag Mesrob Armenian Christian School in Altadena and the Armenian General Benevolent Union Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School in Pasadena will perform during the ceremonial event.
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and California Assemblyman Chris Holden will be among the elected officials present.
The Memorial, approved by the Pasadena City Council in September 2013, will be completed and dedicated at the north side of Memorial Park in April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians over a three-year period beginning in 1915. It will commemorate the Armenian Genocide and condemn all crimes against humanity.
On April 17, Maundy Thursday, the Washing of the Feet Service was held in the Mother Cathedral, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and the attendance of the Members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
Following the readings from the Holy Bible and the speech “About Love” by Archimandrite Hovhannes Pluz, His Holiness blessed the water and oil on the Altar with the Holy Cross and Gospel. Following the example of Jesus Christ, the Catholicos of All Armenians knelt on the bema before the Holy Altar, washing and anointing the feet of twelve individuals under the singing of the hymns. Among the twelve chosen men were Bishops, Archimandrites, celibate priests, deacons, students from the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, students from the Faculty of Theology of Yerevan State University, students from the Eurnekian Public High school, soldiers and Syrian Armenian children living in Armenia.
The Armenian Council of America and over 40 members of various Armenian organizations and institutions including the Armenian Chamber of Commerce and the Armenian Caucus for Local SEIU 721 participated in the annual Armenian Genocide recognition ceremony on April 15 at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting where Supervisor Michael Antonovich presented a resolution in recognition of the passage of his motion proclaiming April 24, 2014 as “Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923″ throughout the County. His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian attended the event accompanied by Rev. Fr. Zareh Mansuryan, Rev. Fr. Haroutioun Tachejian. Diocesan benefactor Mr. Antranik Zorayan, Stewardship Committee Chair Dr. Vahram Biricik and Protocol Committee Chair Mr. Peter Darakjian were also in attendance.
Supervisor Antonovich delivered an impassioned speech recounting the events of the Genocide and the positive impact of the Armenian-American community on the County of Los Angeles. Archbishop Hovsepian delivered the opening prayer and His Excellency Sergey Sarkisov, Consul General spoke of the importance of recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
On Holy Tuesday, April 15, 2014, with the participation of Archpriest Fr. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian, Rev. Fr. Rev. Fr. Vazken Movsesian, Pastor of the host Parish, and Rev. Fr. Yesai Bedros, the Primate presided over the evening service at St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale dedicated to the Ten Maidens.
In his homily, the Primate called upon the faithful to embrace Holy Week and to walk with Christ our Lord during the most important week in Christendom.
St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church (632 W. Stocker Street, Glendale, CA 91202) is located in the northern, residential, area of Glendale. The Parish opened its doors in April of 2003 and was consecrated in January of 2004. Rev. Fr. Vazken Movsesian has been the Pastor of the Parish since 2005. Because of its close proximity to numerous schools in the area, the church is heavily involved with children and youth groups. St. Peter is also actively engaged in humanitarian missions.
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has issued a Pontifical letter approving the election of Very Rev. Fr. Nareg Berberian, Member of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, as the new primate of the Armenian Diocese in Brazil.
In March 31, in San Paolo, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Tatev Gharibyan, the former Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Brazil, and Mr. Andre Gsachgyan, President of the Diocesan Council, the Diocesan Assembly elected Very Rev. Fr. Nareg Berberian, Vicar General, as the Primate for the Armenian Diocese of Brazil.
The delegates of the Diocesan Assembly expressed their appreciation to Archbishop Tatev for his devout years of service to the Diocese since 1980. His Eminence Archbishop Tatev Gharibyan left his duties as a Primate due to health issues, going on a much earned retirement.
The Armenian Diocese of Brazil was established in 1983 by the Pontifical Encyclical of the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Vazken I, of blessed memory. Prior to that Brazil was ruled by the Pontifical Delegation of North America since 1933. Approximately 35 thousand Armenians live in the region of the Diocese. There are two churches in the Diocese: St. George Diocesan Cathedral, built in 1948, and St. John the Baptist Church in Ozasko, built from 1930- 1935.
Very Rev. Fr. Nareg Berberian (Baptismal name Vasken) was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 28, 1967. He studied at the Vahan Tekeyan School in Beirut and graduated in 1981. Father Nareg continued his education in the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, where he defended his thesis entitled “Lutsmunq Eobay by St. Gregory of Tatev” and graduated in 1987. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1986 by His Eminence Archbishop Husik Santuryan, Grant Sacristan of the Mother See.
Fr. Nareg began his studies at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York in conjunction with St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity degree. He simultaneously took private piano lessons at Concordia College in New York. Father Nareg served as an acting grand sacristan of the St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City from 1991 through 1992. Studying at the General Theological Seminary of New York with a focus on biblical studies, he earned his second master's degree in Sacred Theology. In July 26, 1992, Fr. Nareg was ordained as a celibate priest at St. Vartan Cathedral by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.
Fr. Nareg served as the assistant parish priest at St. Kevork Armenian Church in Houston from 1992 to 1993. In 1994, he was appointed to serve as the parish priest at St. James Church in Richmond, VA. That same year, Fr. Nareg was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite (Vardapet) by Archbishop Barsamian. During his service in Virginia, Fr. Nareg continued his studies at the Union Theological Seminary and received a Doctorate degree in Ministry.
In 2000, he was the pastor of St. George Church in Hartford, CT, where he served until 2002. Father Nareg was serving as the pastor of St. David Armenian Church of Boca Raton from 2003 through 2013.
In 2013 His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, appointed Father Nareg to serve as the Vicar General of the Armenian Diocese in Brazil.
During his spiritual service Very Rev. Fr. Nareg has given lectures in various religious educational institutions and universities, undertaking many religious and cultural projects.Published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Welcomes the Resolution Adopted by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
On April 12, the regular session of the Ecumenical Council of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was held. During the meeting they reflected on Resolution 410, adopted by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
On this occasion the Ecumenical Council addressed a letter to Senator Robert Menendez, President of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressing their appreciation to him and the committee members on behalf of the Armenian Church and His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
The letter highlights the importance of the adoption of a resolution that recognizes the Armenian Genocide on the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. It is also noted that this would encourage establishing peace in the whole world, and prevent and condemn crimes against humanity.Published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700