Deacons’ Seminar Held on the Occasion of the Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Protodeacon

In commemoration of the Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Protodeacon and by the initiative of the Western Prelacy Religious Council, on Saturday, December 23, 2017, deacons, stole-bearers, and acolytes gathered at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall for a daylong seminar held under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mradirossian, Prelate.

The day began with a prayer service, after which Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Religious Council Chair, delivered opening remarks wishing for a fruitful and productive seminar.

The first lecture was presented by Religious Council Secretary Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian, who spoke on the past and present role of deacons and the importance of serving with humility and devotion.

The second lecture was presented by Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan, focused on the important role deacons have during Divine Liturgy in particular, and offered practical suggestions for harmonious singing from the altar.

The Prelate delivered his message and conveyed his blessings. His Eminence commended all of the altar servers, urged them to continue their service and mission with utmost humility and unwavering devotion in the example of St. Stephen, and wished all a happy New Year and a merry Christmas.

The program concluded with “Cilicia” and the benediction.

Participants received copies of the Prelacy’s newly published “The Divine Liturgy” and “The Word of God” booklets.

A lunch reception followed.

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