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1.5 Million Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Canonized into the Sainthood

Thursday, April 23, 2015 will forever remain a historic and unforgettable day in the life of the Armenian people as on this day, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, conducted the canonization ceremony of our 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian […]

Ecumenical Service in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial

On the evening of Tuesday, April 14, 2015, a historic Ecumenical Service held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles under the auspices of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western Region brought together faith leaders, representatives of various churches and denominations, public officials, and more than 3,000 community members for […]

New Book by Jacques Hagopian Dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Western Prelacy has published a new book by renowned poet and author Jacques Hagopian title “There is no escaping.” The 140 page book features poetry and prose in two parts. Through commentary on Bible passages and the writings of hymn-writers such as St. Nerses […]

Renowned Composer Dikran Mansourian Honored at the Prelacy

On the evening of Thursday, March 19, 2015, a special event honoring Dikran Mansourian, leading Armenian composer of classical music and film scores, was held at the Western Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and organized by the Prelacy Cultural-Educational Committee. The program began with a […]

Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Aram I on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Therefore, the year 2015 must become a different year in its depth and meaning with its goal and message for each and every Armenian. The Armenian Genocide has left an indelible imprint on the collective memory of the Armenian people. There is no Armenian […]

Prelate Presents Pontifical “St. Mesrob Mashdots” Medals to Hamazkayin Ani Dance Company Directors

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Hamazkayin Ani Dance celebrated its 40th anniversary with a spectacular performance held at the John Waye Performing Arts Center of Glendale High School. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended the celebration and on behalf of His Holiness Aram I presented “St. Mesrob Mashdots” medals to artistic directors Yeghia Hasholian and […]

Armenian Apostolic Church Second Bishops’ Synod Held in Etchmiadzin

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the second Bishops’ Synod convened in Etchmiadzin with the blessings and presence of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.The Synod brought together 61 Archbishops and Bishops from the Armenian Apostolic Church around the world. Items on […]

Western Prelacy Launches Facebook Page

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and the Executive Council are pleased to announce that the Western Prelacy is now on Facebook. We invite our faithful to follow our page to stay up to date with our latest news and events. Visit us at, like our page and invite your family and friends to do […]

Prelate Condemns Destruction of Der Zor Armenian Genocide Memorial

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, strongly condemned the destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church and complex in Der Zor on September 21 stating, “No one and nothing can disparage and diminish the memory of our martyrs and our commitment to upholding their legacy. Indeed, heinous act such as this intensify our vigilance and drive […]

His Holiness Aram I Takes Part in International Conference to Protect and Preserve Christianity in the Middle East – Prelate Joined the Entourage of His Holiness

On Saturday, September 6, 2014 His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, arrived in Washington D.C. to address the International Conference on Christians in the Middle East. His Holiness addressed the Conference on two occasions, speaking on Christian unity and sharing his reflections on the future of Christianity in the Middle […]

Western Prelacy Publishes a New Book by Poet Jacques Hagopian

The Western Prelacy is pleased to announce the publication of poet Jacques Hagopian’s latest book titled Kooynzkooyn. The book was published in celebration of the “Year of the Elder” and features a tribute by the author to Armenian elderly in the Diaspora. It begins with a prologue by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, in which […]

Western Prelacy Publishes “Ode to Armenian Mothers”

The Western Prelacy is pleased to announce the publication of a special volume titled Ode to Armenian Mothers. The book, compiled by distinguished educator Sarkis Panossian, is a collection of works by famed Armenian poets. It begins with the preface by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate. Brief biographical notes and photos of the poets are […]

Western Prelacy Publishes Prelate’s Book of Sermons and Messages

On the eve of the 42nd Representatives Assembly on May 16-17, 2014, the Western Prelacy published a book of sermons and messages authored by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, titled “A Collection of Spiritual Reflections” The publication of the book was sponsored by the Carolan Family Foundation and dedicated to the Year of the Elder. […]

Varoujan Koundakjian Awarded “Knight of Cilicia” Insignia

By the initiative of Asbarez Daily Armenian Newspaper, on the evening of Friday, May 16, 2014, a reception was held at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale in celebration of community activist Mr. Varoujan Koundakjian’s 80th birthday.  The event also served as an opportunity to honor Mr. Koundakjian’s decades-long service within the community. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, […]

Youth Survey

The Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Western United States is conducting a youth survey to support the development of youth programs within the church community. The survey is intended for youth and young adults, ages 14 to 21. If you are within the target ages, we would like to learn more […]

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