Christmas Liturgy in Prelacy Churches

Sunday, January 6, was a most festive day for Armenians worldwide as faithful gathered with their families to celebrate the Birth and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ, exchanging good tidings of love, peace, and goodwill, and wishes for a blessed New Year. Western Prelacy faithful ceremoniously celebrated the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany beginning on Christmas Eve, Saturday, January 5th, with Divine Liturgy and the lighting of the candles service (Jrakalooyts). The Prelate celebrated Christmas Eve service at St. Sarkis Church in Pasadena. The celebration continued the following morning with Divine Liturgy and the blessing of water in Prelacy Churches.

On Sunday morning, Prelacy Churches were filled to capacity as faithful gathered for Christmas service to collectively celebrate the Birth, Theophany, and Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Prelate celebrated Holy High Mass at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino where over 1,500 parishioners had assembled to partake in the joyous service and hear his spiritually uplifting sermon which centered on the tidings of peace, love, and humility brought to mankind by Christ’s Birth. “Christ was sent to save man from sin. The good news of His Revelation came from Bethlehem but how will He be revealed in our lives and souls so that we too can receive His Light? The timeless message of the Nativity and Theophany can live in us when we lead our lives following to Christ”, said the Prelate. Continuing his sermon, His Eminence reflected on the symbolic ceremony of the blessing of water, stating that through the Baptism of Christ, our Heavenly Father revealed His will and promise for mankind, and our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated that He was ready to fulfill God’s will and journey to the Cross to grant us redemption and salvation. The ceremony took place at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, with Sunday School student Alexander Tavitian as the Godfather of the Cross.

On the morning of Monday, January 7, Christmas memorial day services were held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills “Hall of Liberty” and Forest Lawn Glendale “Church of the Recessional”. The Prelate presided over the service at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn.

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